Posted by: amygdala | April 28, 2010

on competition

“I’m not afraid to compete. It’s just the opposite. Don’t you
see that? I’m afraid I will compete-that’s what scares me.
That’s why I quit the Theater Department. Just because I’m so
horribly conditioned to accept everybody else’s values, and just
because I like applause and people to rave about me, doesn’t make
it right. I’m ashamed of it. I’m sick of it. I’m sick of not
having the courage to be an absolute nobody. I’m sick of myself
and everybody else that wants to make some kind of a splash.”

– J.D. Salinger, in his book Franny and Zooey.

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