How not to be a total jerk: Philip Larkin

Seems so simple when Jessica Hagy describes it:Introspectionandaggression

May not be that easy, though. In a letter (quoted in this long review by James Fenton) the English poet Philip Larkin also had what I thought was an insightful comment, though perhaps it's obvious in retrospect: 

The more sensitive you are to suffering the nicer person you are. 

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