This great work of literature by Victor Hugo is available at Gutenberg.
Rough translation of the stanza in the image:
Progress and ideas,
A bridge of one hundred thousand cubits,
None of which breaks apart.
And through your dark tides,
Those disproportionate arches,
Shall brightly shine.
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The pursuit of excellence has infiltrated and corrupted the world of leisure.
“In Praise of Mediocrity” is a truly enjoyable read. Pursue what you enjoy without considering what is imposed unto you externally, which has, after all, no value whatsoever.
There are depths of experience that come with mastery. But there is also a real and pure joy, a sweet, childlike delight, that comes from just learning and trying to get better.