“I was not made for success. I find myself with a growing reputation. In many ways it is a terrible thing… It is strange how this goes on. The struggle to get started. Terrible. It always happens… I am afraid. Among other things I feel that I have put some things over. That the little success of mine is cheating. I don’t seem to feel any of it is any good. All cheating.”
— John Steinbeck, telling it like it is.