Saturday, December 29, 2007

Decorum

Saturday, December 29, 2007

What are you? Do you know? What you are is you're always trying to smooth everything over. What you are is always trying to be moderate. What you are is never telling the truth if you think it's going to hurt somebody's feelings. What you are is you're always compromising. What you are is always trying to find the bright side of things. The one with the manners. The one who abides everything patiently. The one with the ultimate decorum. The boy who never breaks the code. Whatever society dictates you do. Decorum. Decorum is what you spit in the face of.

- Philip Roth, American Pastoral, 1997


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