Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart.
—Fyodor Dostoyevsky (via story-dj)
One cardinal rule is to be obscure – consciously, conscientiously, and constantly obscure. The number of people who can distinguish between obscurity and profundity is startlingly, and for your purposes fortunately, small. You should develop a jargon of your own; either make up words yourself or use ordinary words in entirely new and unclear meanings.
—Francis J. Kerins, in a brilliant 1961 essay on how to fake your way to success in academia: “The Academic Con-Men: Advice to Young College Professors,” Journal of Higher Education (Available on Jstor)
We’d never know how high we are, till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the sky. ~Emily Dickinson