David Grayson: Great burden

The sense of wishing to be known only for what one really is is like putting on an old, easy, comfortable garment. You are no longer afraid of anybody or anything. You say to yourself, ‘Here I am — just so ugly, dull, poor, beautiful, rich, interesting, amusing, ridiculous — take me or leave me.’ And how absolutely beautiful it is to be doing only what lies within your own capabilities and is part of your own nature. It is like a great burden rolled off a man’s back when he comes to want to appear nothing that he is not, to take out of life only what is truly his own. -David Grayson, journalist and author (1870-1946)


ROCHESTER, ENGLAND – FEBRUARY 03: A general view of the river Medway in the city of Rochester whose streets are believed to be the inspiration for locations in Charles Dickens’ novels when he lived near the city on February 3, 2012 in Rochester, England. The bicentenary of Charles Dickens’ birth, one of England’s greatest ever authors, is marked on February 7, 2012. Dickens’ novels, written and set during the Victorian period, represent some of English literature’s most iconic texts. His work, concentrating largely on social injustice, continues to hold relevance with over 300 film and television adaptations based on his books. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife)



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