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James Agate
(1877-1947) born on
Sep 09
English critic, author. He was a veteran theater columnist who wrote a nine-volume autobiography, "Ego," 1935.
The English instinctively admire any man who has no talent and is modest about it.

My mind is not a bed to be made and remade.
Your Englishman, confronted by something abnormal will always pretend that it isn't there. If, however, you force him to look into it, he'll at once pretend that he sees the object not for what it is but for something that he would like it to be.
The worst of failure of this kind is that it spoils the market for more competent performers.
I don't know very much, but what I do know I know better than anybody, and I don't want to argue about it. I know what I think about an actor or an actress, and am not interested in what anybody else thinks.
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: In "The Cynic's Lexicon," ed. Jonathan Green, 1984.
R: In "The Speaker's Electronic Reference Collection," AApex Software, 1994.
A: "The Selective Ego," "Ego 1," entry for 14 Oct 1932.
N: On the bungled attempt to assassinate Hitler; Ego 7, 21 Jul 1944.
K: "The Selective Ego," "Ego 6," entry for 9 Jun 1943.

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