Character and the Conduct of Life: Practical Psychology for Everyman

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CHAPTER XII
Some Qualities in which Intellect and Character
are Combined—Charm, Taste, Tact, Judgment,
Wisdom

WE draw a broad distinction between the qualities of character and those of intellect. We know that wit, originality, grasp, quickness, a tenacious memory, may be combined with all sorts of moral qualities and defects; and that any of these may be combined with very various intellectual capacities. But there are certain qualities of personality which seem to be as much intellectual as moral and no less moral than intellectual.


CHARM

Nothing is more elusive than charm: yet we rarely fail to recognize it when we encounter it, and most of us are greatly influenced by it. Beauty is a great aid to charm; and a beautiful woman who has but little charm may easily pass for charming. Yet some of the plainest people have much charm. Three things seem to me essential to charm. First, delicately responsive sympathy. No one can be charming who is obtuse to the emotional

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