Hi Cturtle: I got this one line quote from a daily affirmation for the recently bereaved that I receive from my funeral director each day. I'm sure that if you googled James Thurber, it would be possible to find the context in which this quote was written. I like to view it in my own interpretation - that gentle warmth shows the true person, whereas those that are brash and attention seeking simply blind others with their bravado. This is why I like this quote - there are so many ways to view it based upon your own experience and interpretation. As vague as it is, there is something truthful and comforting at the heart of it. For this reason, I find it intriguing.