27 June 2012

How Long It Takes

Paul Léautaud, Journal Littéraire, from the entry for January 9th, 1904, my own translation:
How long it takes to dare to be oneself. It is not that you are yourself very late, no, it really is what I say: you need a great deal of time before you decide to show yourself as you are, freed from worrying about what is admired, about what you once naively tried to imitate, forcing yourself to like it, despite the secret difference you felt within.