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


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!