Monday, July 29, 2013

"The Penalty Of Success Is..."

"The penalty of success is to be bored by people who used to snub you."
Viscountess Nancy Astor


Thomas Merton was once asked to write a chapter for a book entitled  "Secrets of Success."  He replied:  "If it so happened that I had once written a best-seller, this was a pure accident, due to inattention and naivete, and I would take very good care never to do the same again.  If I had a message for my contemporaries, I said, it was surely this:  Be  anything you like, be madmen, drunks, and bastards of every shape and form, but at all costs avoid one thing:  success." 

The moral flabbiness born of the exclusive worship of the bitch-goddess Success. That - with the squalid cash interpretation put on the word "success" - is our national disease. William James

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