Good work, not done by the humble

March 5th, 2011

“Good work is not done by ‘humble’ men. It is one of the first duties of a professor, for example, in any subject, to exaggerate a little both the importance of his subject and his own importance in it. A man who is always asking ‘Is what I do worthwhile?’ and ‘Am I the right person to do it?’ will always be ineffective himself and a discouragement to others. He must shut his eyes a little and think a little more of his subject and himself than they deserve. This is not too difficult: it is harder not to make his subject and himself ridiculous by shutting his eyes too tightly.”G. H. Hardy

2 responses to “Good work, not done by the humble”

  1. Heheheh. I like it. I hope I’m not suffering from the wrong Dunning-Kruger effect:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunning%E2%80%93Kruger_effect