A Meditation on Faith: Interfaith Dialogue

I have deep reverence for knowledge, freedom, beauty, opportunity, gratitude, courage, curiosity, honesty, friendship, compassion, adventure, diversity, community, humility, generosity, enjoyment, thrift, understanding, freedom, responsibility, reason, love, power, and justice. Continue reading

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Talent is Overrated

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Lev Shestov (1866-1938)

“In order to be a virtuoso, a master of one’s art and one’s instrument, it is necessary, with a truly angelic or asinine patience, to try over and over again… dozens, hundreds, thousands of times… sparing neither labor, nor time, nor health. Objectionable, tedious, irritating labor — this is the condition of genius, which no doubt explains the reason why men so rarely achieve anything. The majority prefer talent, that medium which lies between genius and mediocrity.”