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A certain author had an abhorrence of strained conversations wherein the talk is maintained only to avoid silence.

". . . Were I again to mix with the world, I would always carry a cup-and-ball in my pocket; I would sometimes play with it the whole day, that I might not be constrained to speak when I had nothing to discourse about; and I am persuaded, that if every one would do the same, mankind would be less mischievous, their company would become more rational, and, in my opinion, a vast deal more agreeable: in a word, let wits laugh if they please, but I maintain, that the only practical lesson of morality within the reach of the present age, is that of the cup-and-ball."

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A certain author had an abhorrence of strained conversations wherein the talk is maintained only to avoid silence.

<i>". . . Were I again to mix with the world, I would always carry a cup-and-ball in my pocket; I would sometimes play with it the whole day, that I might not be constrained to speak when I had nothing to discourse about; and I am persuaded, that if every one would do the same, mankind would be less mischievous, their company would become more rational, and, in my opinion, a vast deal more agreeable: in a word, let wits laugh if they please, but I maintain, that the only practical lesson of morality within the reach of the present age, is that of the cup-and-ball."</i>

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Albert Camus Victor Hugo Blaise Pascal Marcel Proust Jean-Jacques Rousseau Jean-Paul Sartre
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