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“It’s important not to treat children too well–they won’t be able to compete in the real world.  If you want your children to become television producers, for instance, or chief executives, it’s no use filling their little heads with ideas of trust and truth-telling and reliability.  They’ll just end up being somebody’s secretary.” — Edward St. Aubyn, Mother’s Milk

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  1. My father taught me nothing but trust and truth-telling and reliability. Now I understand my lifetime of underachievement.

  2. My parents unwittingly taught me to aim low and hide my true self behind a screen of dissimulation. I am, all these years later, effectively a secretary. To paraphrase Lou Reed, I give good clerk.

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