There Is No Great Dark Man


There is no great dark man.

Even under an exterior as rugged as a mountain range, there lurks the same wounded, wincing psyche that cripples the rest of us. Where we are lead to think we will find strength, we will discover force; where we hope for ruthlessness, we shall unearth spite; and when we think we are clinging desperately to a rock, it is falling upon us. Even with a man whose neck is thicker than his head, if we are not careful, we shall be involved in an argument about who most loves whom. The trouble is that, if you find that by mistake you have bitten into a soft center, you can’t very well put it back in the box.

Quentin Crisp
The Naked Civil Servant (1968)


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