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Interference

  • God save us from the people who want to do what's best for us.

  • I am one of those people who are blessed, or cursed, with a nature which has to interfere. If I see a thing that needs doing I do it.

  • ... there was no reliance upon Hester's kindness. It was too much like the kindness of a mother cat who will wash her kitten's face whether the kitten wishes it or no.

  • ... there is nothing so easy as to be wise for others; a species of prodigality, by-the-by — for such wisdom is wholly wasted.

  • ... she had become a kind of emotional tapeworm hanging cosily in the mid-gut of other people's affairs and digesting any entertainment to be derived therefrom.

  • It is personal vanity of the most flagrant type which intrudes itself, unasked, into other people's affairs. There are few of us who do not feel capable of ordering the daily lives of others, down to the most minute detail.

  • It seems to take a lifetime for us to learn that wisdom consists largely in a graceful acceptance of things that do not immediately concern us.

  • There was nothing more dangerous than people convinced of their own good intentions.

  • Once you assume your right to interfere in other people's problems they become in some ways more of a worry than your own, for with your own you can at least do what you think best, but other people always show such a persistent tendency to do the wrong thing.

  • Only man is not content to leave things as they are but must always be changing them, and when he has done so, is seldom satisfied with the result.

  • Such an error, one finds, to do things for the best. They usually seem to be such unpleasant things.

  • Vietnam presumably taught us that the United States could not serve as the world's policeman; it should also have taught us the dangers of trying to be the world's midwife to democracy when the birth is scheduled to take place under conditions of guerrilla war.

  • It is a twenty-four-hour-a-day job. You won't do anything else if you decide that you are going to resurrect and rearrange a human being.

  • Now I say that with cruelty and oppression it is everybody's business to interfere when they see it ...

  • It's dangerous business, thinking you can make people over.