The problem is you make the tricks look good. You are a brilliant acrobat, and a witty comedian. You are skillful. People want a fool to be foolish–trip on banana peels and grin and spout nonsense. These men want fools to make them feel better about themselves, not to remind them what they lack.
Caro: “Bite me.”
Ruby: “I gave that up in kindergarten.
For a poet he threw a very accurate milk bottle.
How do you feel about going on a date with me? I’m abroad for another two weeks; you’ve got plenty of time to prepare yourself. It will be the best night of your life, of course.
When you are angry try your best to go to sleep, it keeps you away from speaking, writing and thinking while you are angry.
Brevity is the soul of wit.
Never ask while you are doing it if what you are doing is fun. Don’t introduce even your most reliably witty acquaintance as someone who will set the table on a roar.
Someone once told me that we move when it becomes less painful than staying where we are”.
I have only made this letter longer because I have not had the time to make it shorter.”
(Letter 16, 1657)