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“Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but…” P G Wodehouse

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How to be a genius, or a great writer: quotations from P G Wodehouse and Lawrence Durrell

How seriously should we take ourselves?

One of the keys to happiness is not to take yourself too seriously.  You can take life seriously, and your family, and your work.  You can, and should, take pride in yourself and your achievements.

But the minute you start thinking that you are a rather amazing person, and better than other people, you are in danger of taking yourself too seriously and should stop it at once.

“Thank you, Jeeves” is an absolute corker

I was reminded of this wisdom by one of this week’s three quotations, which are below. You will, I suspect, be able to guess which one.  The other two are by the inimitable PG Wodehouse.

My blog How to stay sane: never take yourself too seriously shows how the loudest rock band of all time, Deep Purple, make a similar point.

3 quotations

For some moments after they had gone the peace of the summer evening was broken only by the dull, bumping sound of a husband carrying suitcases upstairs.

P G Wodehouse, Ring for Jeeves

Like all young men I set out to be a genius, but mercifully laughter intervened.

Lawrence Durrell, The Alexandria Quartet

He eyed me musingly.  ‘There was a time, when I was younger, when I would have broken your neck,’ he said.

I didn’t like the trend the conversation was taking.

P G Wodehouse, Thank You, Jeeves

For other recents sets of “3 quotations”, see here and here.

I shall be writing more about not taking yourself too seriously soon, including what the loudest band of all time, Deep Purple, have to say on the subject.

P.S. Do you like quotations from PG Wodehouse?  If so, you may wish to look at my numerous selections of “Plum” quotations on this site, such as Much obliged, Jeeves – 24 quotations

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  1. Ah, my husband’s an avid reader of PG Wodehouse and Robert Benchley. Happy to see they’re loved elsewhere, too. x

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  2. Eva Marginter says:

    Ich beziehe mich auf Deien blog , dass man sich selbst zu wichtig nimmt. Das beste Mittel dagegen ist selbstironie – man tritt einen Schritt zurück und betrachtet sich von “aussen”.

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