John Jay Chapman

“The men and women who make the best boon companions seem to have given up hope of doing something else. They have, perhaps, tried to be poets and painters; they have tried to be actors, scientists, and musicians. But some defect of talent or opportunity has cut them off from their pet ambition and has thus left them with leisure to take an interest in the lives of others. Your ambitious man is selfish. No matter how secret his ambition may be, it makes him keep his thoughts at home. The heartbroken people — if I may use the word in a mild benevolent sense — the people whose wills are subdued to fate, give us consolation, recognition, and welcome.”