The sense of worth derived from creative work depends upon “recognition” by others, which is never automatic. As a result, the path of self-realization, even when it is the only open one, is taken with reluctance. Men of talent have to be goaded to engage in creative work. The groans and laments of even the most gifted and prolific echo through the ages.

Eric Hoffer (1902-1983) American writer, philosopher, longshoreman
Notebook Entry (1953)

In "Eric Hoffer and the Art of the Notebook" by Tom Bethell, Harper's Magazine (July 2005).
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