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There is also what I called the ‘humbler variation’ of the standard apology; but I may dismiss this in a very few words.

(2) ‘There is nothing that I can do particularly well. I do what I do because it came my way. I really never had a chance of doing anything else.’ And this apology too I accept as conclusive. It is quite true that most people can do nothing well. If so, it matters very little what career they choose, and there is really nothing more to say about it. It is a conclusive reply, but hardly one likely to be made by a man with any pride; and I may assume that none of us would be content with it.

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还有一种答案,我把它称为第一种“更谦卑的变体”,我只用几句话一带而过。

(2)“没有什么事我能做得特别出色。我做我现在所做的,因为它刚好就在我面前。我的确从来没有机会去从事别的工作。”我同样认为这个辩解是无法反驳的。的确,大多数人什么也做不好。如果是这样,那么他们选择什么职业是无关紧要的,也确实没什么好说的。这是一个不容置疑的回答,但有自尊心的人不太可能说得出口,我想我们都不会满足于此。

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