You get whatever accomplishment you are willing to declare.
You speak of Lord Byron and me; there is this great difference between us. He describes what he sees I describe what I imagine. Mine is the hardest task.
I am a free man. I do not need to copy Petrarca or Boccaccio. My own genius is enough. Let others worry themselves about style, and so cease to be themselves. Without a master, without a model, without a guide, I go to work and earn my living, my well-being and my fame.
~ Pietro Aretino
“Suddenly I’ve got an overwhelming desire to surround myself with the aura of classical and Romantic art.”
~ Sylvester Stallone
Journalism largely consists of saying ‘Lord Jones is Dead’ to people who never knew that Lord Jones was alive.
Of all the music that reached farthest into heaven, it is the beating of a loving heart.
**Henry Ward Beecher