(Success) is wholesome magic

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He will take success in his stride

Solvency is essential. A writer suffering from financial difficulties is good only for short-term work, and will leave all else unfinished. And if he has too much money, unless he has had it all his life, he will spend it, which is also a substitute for creation. Every writer should, before embarking, find some way however dishonest of procuring with the minimum of effort, about four hundred a year. Otherwise he must become a popular success or be miserable. Success he will take in his stride for fewer writers are marred by it than are discouraged by failure. It is wholesome magic.

by Cyril Connolly (September 10, 1903 – November 26, 1974)
from Enemies of Promise (1938)
Outlook Unsettled
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2 Responses to “(Success) is wholesome magic”

  1. Abimbola Akanwo Says:

    🙂 Here’s to success and successes…

  2. E. A. Able Says:

    And just enough nice wine!

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