Before my note arrived he had given up painting and taken a job in a department store.
"But," he wrote, "I decided that if your friend admired something I had done in the past, I could do just as
well or better in the future. So I'm back at what I really want to do, free-lance painting, and this time
I'm going to stay."
真正想要做的事 -- 自由投稿绘画，而且这一次我要持续下去。」
Some people find it difficult to pay a compliment directly; to do so embarrasses them.
Just the other day I heard a friend tell a group of men proudly that his wife was the kindest person he had ever
Later on, when I was able to repeat this to her, her face grew radiant.
"Oh, thank you," she said. "He'd never be able to say that to me!"
In such cases, a passed-on compliment can be like rain on a drought-dried land.
Often, I think, the relayed friendly word is even more meaningful than a direct one.
After all, when someone says something pleasant to you directly, it's easy to discount it as mere politeness,
or even flattery.
But if someone praises you behind your back, chances are he means exactly what he says.
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