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“A man who bows down to nothing can never bear the burden of himself.”

— Dostoevsky – The Possessed



We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free.

Have you ever thought about it? We want to be famous as a writer, as a poet, as a painter, as a politician, as a singer, or what you will. Why? Because we really don’t love what we are doing. If you loved to sing, or to paint, or to write poems, if you really loved it you would not be concerned with whether you are famous or not. To want to be famous is tawdry, trivial, stupid, it has no meaning; but, because we don’t love what we are doing, we want to enrich ourselves with fame. Our present education is rotten because it teaches us to love success and not what we are doing. The result has become more important than the action.
You know, it is good to hide your brilliance under a bushel, to be anonymous, to love what you are doing and not to show off. It is good to be kind without a name. That does not make you famous, it does not cause your photograph to appear in the newspapers. Politicians do not come to your door. You are just a creative human being living anonymously, and in that there is richness and great beauty.

— Jiddu Krishnamurti – The Book of Life

(I decided to post this quote today because I stumbled over an article I personally wrote in August 2011 about Success and Fame in Photography on one of my websites about photography)

Creativity and Fame