"I had tried to be fair. It is the one single thing that no one will forgive you for, neither the communists nor the fascists, the rightists nor the leftists, the white racists nor the black racists. Maybe it is impossible anyway, as many believe. Certainly it is not very diplomatic. One will make more enemies by trying to be fair (marked by impartiality and honesty) than by trying to tell the truth -- no one believes it is possible to tell the truth anyway, but it is just possible that you might be fair."

Chester Himes in The Quality of Hurt,  part I of his autobiography
quoted by Madison Smart Bell as an epigraph for his novel Soldier's Joy


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