Monday, May 9, 2011

Magpie 65


Charles Baudelaire:
“To be a great man and a saint
FOR ONESELF,
That is the one important thing.”
(“Avant tout, être un grand homme et un saint -- pour soi-même.”)

7 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

From what I've read of him, I think I believe (now there's a definitive statement) Saint Francis did what he wanted to do, for himself. And, having done so, could then live for others.
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Arian Tejano said...

timeless wisdom! Capitalization isn't encouraged in poetry, but this one is just apt for emphasis. Thanks.

honeyhaiku said...

Well said my friend.

Tess Kincaid said...

I love the notion of being a saint for oneself. Excellent, Mr. B.

Berowne said...

Tess K.: "I love the notion of being a saint for oneself. Excellent, Mr. B."
I'm afraid I was just sort of coasting this week, so it's nice to get such a generous comment anyway. Thanks, Tess.

HyperCRYPTICal said...

The sign of a great man or woman is that of those who do good for the love of it and not for the praise of it.

Anna :o]

PS Coasting or not - very wise words.

Shail Raghuvanshi said...

Liked what I read. Good one.

 
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