Saturday, March 22, 2014

Adam Smith on why we pursue fame despite its high costs

"It is [the public's attention and approval], which, notwithstanding the restraint it imposes, notwithstanding the loss of liberty with which it is attended, renders greatness the object of envy, and compensates, in the opinion mankind, all that toil, all that anxiety, all those mortifications which must be undergone in the pursuit of it; and what is of yet more consequence, all that leisure, all that ease, all that careless security, which are forfeited for[ever] by the acquisition [of fame and success]."
From The Theory of Moral Sentiments by Adam Smith.

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