Granville the polite,
And knowing Walsh, would tell me I could write;
Well-natured Garth inflamed with early praise,
And loved and endured my lays:
The courtly Talbot, Somers, Sheffield, read,
Ev'n mitred Rochester would nod the head:
And St John's self (great Dryden's friend before)
Received with open arms one poet more.
Happy my studies, if by these approved!
Happier their author, if by these beloved!
From these the world will judge of men and books,
Not from the Burnets, Oldmixons and Cooks.'"Here is voice totally failed him, and throwing down the book, he said, "Do you think I would not wish to have been friends with such as man as this?""What say you to ?" -- " He rather made a show of himself, and courted popularity in that lowest temple of fame, a coffee-shop, so as in some measure to vulgarize one's idea of him.
When I arose the next morning, it was snowing. In the breakfast room, I was greeted by many of the Nobel scientists. They showed appreciation for my very public struggle. They told me I did a good job. I wish I would have done better, I said. No, no, they replied, none of us wish that. For us, your performance seemed a metaphor for our own struggles. Words of kindness continued through the day, and in the end I had to come to terms with the truer nature of my duty. Why do we commit our work? Why do we perform? It is above all for the entertainment and transformation of the people. It is all for them. The song asked for nothing. The creator of the song asked for nothing. So why should I ask for anything?
22 Jan 2015 Be Careful What You Wish For: The Responsibilities of Desire (Part II) If my last essay described the risks of desire (Be Careful For What You Wish For Essay disappointment,
22 Jan 2011 “Be careful what you wish for….” This has to be my least-favorite proverb in Be Careful For What You Wish For Essay the world. It's like those folktales about fools wasting silly wishes