Journalism over here is not only an obsession but a drawback that cannot be overrated. Politicians are frightened of the press, and in the same way as bull-fighting has a brutalizing effect upon Spain (of which she is unconscious), headlines of murder, rape, and rubbish, excite and demoralize the American public.
To marry a man out of pity is folly and if you think you are going to influence the kind of fellow who has 'never had a chance, poor devil', you are profoundly mistaken. One can only influence the strong characters in life, not the weak and it is the height of vanity to suppose that you can make an honest man of anyone.
The first element of greatness is fundamental humbleness (this should not be confused with servility) the second is freedom from self the third is intrepid courage, which, taken in its widest interpretation, generally goes with truth and the fourth the power to love although I have put it last, is the rarest.