"oh my friend, i prefer to sing, to laugh, to dream, to travel light in my own way, to see things as they are, and speak out without fear. to cock my hat at any angle that i choose, to duel if necessary for a quick “yes” or “no.” i prefer to work alone without any thought of reward, to scorn fame for a journey to the moon. never write a line that does not ring with sincerity. i shall be content with the fruits and flowers that grow in my garden, no matter how small, because they belong to me. then if success should come my way, no tribute ever need be paid to caesar, whatever fortune or misfortune that happens shall be mine and only mine."