"A man who says that he is easily led . . . never uses this characteristic to explain his good deeds, good characteristics, or positive achievements. A man never claims to have been easily led to higher mathematics, the subjunctives of foreign languages, or unpaid work among the poor. People are influenced by the people they admire and wish to emulate: the admiration and the desire for emulation precede the influence " (Theodore Dalrymple, Romancing Opiates, p. 14).
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