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He presumably considered the sharp wits which he possessed to be the highest of intellectual qualities. He was the youngest of us ... and the most successful ... From time to time he made suggestions about the problems of life, about the really serious questions; and he usually did this when things were moving a little slowly for him, when nothing much seemed to be happening. Activity was his religion; on the whole he regarded the trip, at least in part, as a waste of time ... His intellect did not find enough nourishment on the way so he occupied it by making fun of us in the evenings, which got on our nerves more and more.

The Empty (sic) State Building (that actually is empty) is a dream of marble, glitter, light, lifts and technical daring. In fact the architecture of most of the skyscrapers is of unqualified barbarity; but the idea is so outrageous, so fantastic, that one cannot stop gaping. The Grand Central, the most astonishing station in the world, and the Washington Memorial Bridge: fantastic! The greatest beauty attainable in engineering. Like a Fata Morgana! Hovering over the river ... although it is the longest, most expensive, widest (etc.

As far as I am concerned, there is nothing that can show a young person what constitutes England's strength better: the citizens' feeling, of responsibility. That seems to me to be the key to the English person. And I don't think one need worry about learning things that one won't be able to `use' later. One might quickly forget many details; understanding, empathy and overall view remain ... 3 40 4 In New York One Walks on Air `People say about me -- "he seems to enjoy just everything; -one of those jolly Germans" - whereas before I always had to hear: "You don't seem to enjoy life, what's the matter with your" ...

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