by Mark Dorset
|Black Jacques and Fat Hank
They represent the nonconformist and the conformist, I think: the one following his own mind and heart, pursuing his dreams, determined to achieve the goal that he has set for himself, focused to the point of obsession; the other chasing the acclaim of the crowd, popular success, the mass market, turning in the winds of fashion like a dead thing on a stick. —MD
“What I must do is all that concerns me, not what the people think. This rule, equally arduous in actual and in intellectual life, may serve for the whole distinction between greatness and meanness. It is the harder because you will always find those who think they know what is your duty better than you know it. It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude. . . . But do your thing, and I shall know you. Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.”See:
“What the Author Is Up To”: an obsession
RR 397 you want to be happy, and if you must be deceived to be happy, you are willing to participate in your own deception
RR 366 "It was a stupid idea. Childish. I should never have suggested it."
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