Frustratingly Unattainable Benchmarks

bq.There is also the matter of his genius. Goethe once said – modestly not including himself in the list – that certain individuals, like Shakespeare and Mozart, were put on earth solely in order to provide frustratingly unattainable benchmarks of human capacity and achievement. Bearing this in mind, it is actually quite a relief that we know next to nothing about Shakespeare’s life; and it is quite easy to choose to learn next to nothing about Mozart’s. After all, he wasn’t around that long, he spent most of the time composing, and no human detail can compare with the sublimity of the work. – “Nicholas Lezard(Epistolary playfulness of a genius)”:,12084,1216285,00.html