Monday, December 04, 2006

Wise words from Voltaire














"As soon as one wishes to do any good act, one is sure to make enemies. Should one render a service of any kind whatever, one can be certain of meeting with people who will try and crush you. Whether you write prose or verse, or you build a town, it is all the same; you will arouse a persecuting jealousy. There is only one way to escape from that harpy; never write anything but your epitaph, never construct anything except a monument for your tomb and get inside it as quickly as you can."

an extract from a letter written by Voltaire on 4 October 1771 to Madame La Marquise du Deffand

2 comments:

mm said...

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind.
Dr. Seuss

drbubbles said...

mm: wow! that's so true!