One special advantage of the skeptical attitude of mind is that a man is never vexed to find that after all he has been in the wrong.
Indignor quandoque bonus dormitat Homerus. I am vexed when the worthy Homer nods.
'May the divil choke ye!'says he, pleasant enough, but I knew by the blush he had he was vexed.Martin Ross
Moreover Job continued his parable, and said, As God liveth, who hath taken away my judgment ; and the Almighty, who hath vexed my soul ; … All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils ;… My lips shall not speak wickedness , nor my tongue utter deceit .
Optimism has always seemed to me the cunning alibi of egoists, anxious to cover up their state of chronic self-satisfaction. They are optimists in order to avoid pitying other men and their misfortune. ~~ Yet pity is a vexed question.Georges Bernanos