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It appears that the anesthetic quote is actually much older: Booker T Washington most likely wrote it before Bellamy Brooks or Frank Leahy quoted him. (I have no concrete source for that either, though)


  • Egotism is the anesthetic given by a kindly nature to relieve the pain of being a damn fool.
  • When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed, his praises never.
  • The more you speak of yourself, the more you are likely to lie.
  • What hypocrites we seem to be whenever we talk of ourselves! Our words sound so humble, while our hearts are so proud.
  • Do you wish men to speak well of you? Then never speak well of yourself.
  • He who thinks he can find in himself the means of doing without others is much mistaken; but he who thinks that others cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
  • Egotism is the anaesthetic that dulls the pains of stupidity.