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Bargaining for Banality

Thursday 07/21/2005 12:32 PM

I'm reading several books right now. Near the end of my Philip Marlowe book, I ran across these few lines that instantly flashed me back to my state government days. Now if any of my friends from the old stomping grounds are reading this, you know who I'm talking about (and it's not you!).

Here ya go:

"They were never young and will never be old. They have no beauty, no charm, no style. They don't have to please anybody. They are safe. They are civil without ever quite being polite and intelligent and knowledgeable without any real interest in anything. They are what human beings turn into when they trade life for existence and ambition for security."

— Raymond Chandler, in The Little Sister

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Music: Orchestra Baobab "Pirates Choice"

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