Interesting how cowardice and narcissism tend to go together. It seems counterintuitive, since cowards have so little to be narcissistic about. Yet it makes sense when you think about it. Cowards seldom expand their horizons, either in a physical sense (going new places and doing new things) or a mental sense (thinking outside their comfort zone); so after a while they notice that they are, in fact, big fish in their small pond. Which in turn convinces them that they’re special, and that they were right not to expand their horizons in the first place.
By some guy named Ken from here.
From Armed and Dangerous via Samizdata discussing the late semi-great Thomas Disch.