All men of any condition who have done something of special worth or something that may truly resemble those things of special merit, should, if they are truthful and good people, write in their own hands the story of their lives, but they should not begin such a fine undertaking until they have passed the age of forty.
-Benvenuto Cellini, My Life
I bought the book on Saturday because William Hazlitt liked it.
Still, I draw strength from some words of wisdom I have come across in the memoirs of another remarkable personage: ‘Everyone, of whatever walk of life who has achieved anything good in this world, should, if he be truth-loving and nice, write about his life, albeit not before the age of forty!’
-Tove Jansson, The Exploits of Moominpappa
It’s nice when the inhabitants of one’s bookshelves already know one another.