The journal of a disappointed man (1911) by Wilhelm Barbellion PDF Fictional Diary

The journal of a disappointed man 

The journal of a disappointed man


Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion was the nom-de-plume of Bruce Frederick Cummings, an English diarist who was responsible for The Journal of a Disappointed Man. Ronald Blythe called it "among the most moving diaries ever created"

Introduction by H. G. Wells

Your egoist, like the solitary beasts, lives only for himself; your altruist declares that he lives only for others; for either there may be success or failure but for neither can there be a tragedy. For even if the altruist meets nothing but ingratitude, what has he to complain of? His premises abolish his grounds of complaint. But both egoists and altruists are philosophical abstractions. The human being by nature and necessity is neither egoist nor altruist; he trims a difficult course between the two; for the most part, we are, within the limits of our powers of expression, egotists, and our desire is to think and if possible talk and write about this marvelous experiment of ourselves, with all the world — or as much as we can conveniently assemble — for the audience. There is variety in our styles.

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