Marginalia, no.246

You can’t expect a dog to pass up a policeman on a bicycle. It isn’t human nature.

~ P.G. Wodehouse, Code of the Woosters

The trouble with ideals is their nonexistence. The final motivation for judging oneself or others by an abstract perfection can only be sadomasochistic. It guarantees failure. Meanwhile, Bartholomew (Stiffy Byng’s dog) can be reasonably impressed with himself if he gives up the chase after only a half mile.

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  1. John

    Speaking of dogs and their direct uncomplicated felt relationship to human beings, you might like to check the reference to a very special dog to be found here.

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