Monday, December 30, 2013

Great men are all alike

Christopher Hart reviews the “wonderfully entertaining” Daily Rituals: How Great Minds Make Time, Find Inspiration, and Get to Work by Mason Currey in the Literary Review. Quote unquote from V.S. Pritchett:
Sooner or later, the great men turn out to be all alike. They never stop working. They never lose a minute. It is very depressing.


helenalex said...

Either coffee and coffee beans were a lot weaker in the past, or some of these people had Keith Richards-level tolerances.

Stephen Stratford said...

I did wonder about "Balzac drank fifty cups of coffee a day and so did Voltaire". Also the 30-egg omelettes that Satie ate. But then maybe that's why they were great and I'm not. I have tried many strange things in my life but I am not going to try those.