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I am a quiet inoffensive man desiring only to live and let live. Nobody is ever interfered with by me--no neighbour can complain about my habits or my noise, except that I keep to myself. And yet when sometimes I agree to the request of a reader and let him come to see me--"for a single meeting," I always emphasize--he or she is surprised to find that expectation is not fulfilled. From the tone of my writing, a strong personality and a big tall body should appear at the door. Instead there is a little figure, a bald head, a low soft voice . . .

-- Notebooks Category 12: Reflections > Chapter 6: The Profane and The Profound > # 28

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