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Giacomo Leopardi – How to be famous

October 7, 2014

“La Bruyère was certainly right when he said that it is easier for a mediocre book to acquire fame by virtue of a reputation which its author has already obtained, than it is for an author to acquire a reputation by means of an excellent book. To this one might add that the shortest way to acquire fame is to affirm, confidently and persistently, and in as many ways as possible, that one has already acquired it.”

(from Zibaldone di pensieri [1817-1832], translated by J. G. Nichols)

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