Of what is signficant in one’s own existence one is hardly aware, and it certainly should not bother the other fellow. What does a fish know about the water in which he swim all his life?
The bitter and the sweet come from the outside, the hard from within, from one’s own efforts. For the most part I do the thing which my own nature drives me to do. It is embarrassing to earn so much respect and love for it. Arrows of hate have been shot at me too; but they never hit me, because somehow they belonged to another world, with which I have no connection whatsoever.
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity. Albert Einstein, 1936