A man is sociable just in the degree in which he is intellectually poor and generally vulgar. For one's choice in this world does not go much beyond solitude on one side and vulgarity on the other.

Ordinary people think merely how they shall spend their time; a man of any talent tries to use it.

Hence, in all countries the chief occupation of society is card- playing,{1} and it is the gauge of its value, and an outward sign that it is bankrupt in thought.

Why card- playing is so demoralizing: since the whole object of it is to employ every kind of trick and machination in order to win what belongs to another.