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Sophistication

  • ... the unfortunate thing about worldliness is that its rewards are rather less than its appetites.

  • Sophistication called for a variety of talents and attitudes, but the minimum requirement was being in New York. Not all New Yorkers achieved it, but nobody elsewhere had a prayer.

  • Your true cosmopolitan is born, not made. He is very rare.

  • cosmopolitan: / look like you don't really look; / act like you don't really act; / sit like you wouldn't sit if you were home alone.

    • Alta,
    • Letters to Women
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  • It is not hard to mistake worldliness for wisdom.