[T]ell me again that I am not such cold poison to everybody as I am to some.
~ Robert Louis Stevenson in a letter to Frances Sitwell, Sept. 1873
I seem unable to make myself pleasant to certain of my colleagues. One of them, overfond of decorating our cubicles, recently discovered how little I appreciate her efforts. Others have asked me to join them for lunch, but I decline without excuses. Your acquaintance is enough, I want to tell them, I don’t want your friendship.