May 01, 2005
Working or Playing?
A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.
The author is the Viscount of Chateaubriand (first names François Auguste René, 1768-1848), according to Encarta, "A French writer and statesman, a pioneer of the romantic movement, most famous for his brilliant autobiography."
If you're curious what a viscount is, check out the deliciously thorough entry at Answers.com (including translations of the word into 14 languages in which you've always wanted to know how to say that word). Briefly, though, it's a "nobleman ranking below an earl or count and above a baron."
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