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There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us, that it ill behooves any of us not to talk about the rest of us.


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Robert Louis Stephenson

Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (November 13, 1850-December 3, 1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet and travel writer, and a representative of neo-romanticism in English literature

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  • JokerGem
    It seems this is one of those quotes attributed to more than one author with varying versions but it looks like it may have been in existence prior to Stevenson.
    LikeReply1 month ago
  • Nils-Klaus Möller
    Nils-Klaus Möller
    There are 2 mistakes in that quote, the second one is really gross:
    Instead it should read: 1. and so much (not: an so much);
    2. of us to talk about (not: of us not to talk about).
    The word "not" in the second mistake inverses the meaning and probably stems from misunderstanding the words behooves and ill. 
    LikeReply 27 years ago
  • Sylvia Pesek
    Sylvia Pesek
    Almost correct ... the last bit should read, " ... that it ill behooves any of us to talk about the rest of us."
    LikeReply 38 years ago


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हममें से सबसे बुरे में बहुत अच्छा है, हम में से बहुत बुरा है, कि यह हम में से किसी के बारे में बात नहीं करता है।

Ada begitu banyak kebaikan dalam hal terburuk di antara kita, begitu banyak hal buruk dalam diri kita yang terbaik, sehingga salah satu dari kita tidak perlu membicarakan tentang kita semua.

tanta bona pessimus nobis malum tam optimum nobis male loqui non oporteat nos aliquid.

er is zoveel goeds in de ergste van ons, dat is zo slecht in ons aller bestwil, dat het niemand betaamt om niet over de rest van ons te praten.



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