Wednesday, 8 October 2014

A thought (Elbert Hubbard's) on reviews

I was looking up the origin of a quote for a short story I've just finished; 'Life is just one damned thing after another.' 

Thanks to the marvels of the internet I quickly confirmed it's from Elbert Hubbard. In my search I came across this other quote of his:

"Most Authors cringe and flatter and Fish for compliments. If they fail to get Applause, they say the World is a Scurvy Place and those who dwell therein a Dirty Lot: if they succeed, they give thanks to Nobody, saying they got only what their Meritt entitles them to. But I rather like the World. The Flesh is pleasing and the Devil does not trouble me."
 Love Ballads of the Sixteenth Century (1897)

That made me smile. 

He is a fascinating chap, though. If you're not familiar with him I do recommend spending a few minutes just reading about his life. Seriously, one of the most interesting potted biographies I've read.