Posts Tagged ‘fame’

The more things change

January 5, 2009

It is one of the symptoms of this age of nerves and hysteria that we magnify everything , that our boasts are frantic and our scares pitiable, that we call a man who plays well in a football match a hero, and that all successes are triumphs…

The Sketch, 1909  (quoted in Shakleton’s forgotten expedition, Beau Riffenburgh, Bloomsbury 2004, p281)

Nothing much changes, but it seems good to me that I (and many others) know who Shackleton is, but I doubt as many could name a football hero from 1909!  One hundred years from now who will be remembered?  Ben Cousins or Fiona Stanley?

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