Quote by Lord Milverton
The ideal committee is one with me as the chairman, and two other members in bed with the flu.
This quote humorously suggests that the most efficient and advantageous committee is one where the person quoting is in charge, and the other members who might potentially challenge or disagree with their decisions are unable to participate due to illness. It highlights the desire for complete control and dominance within a committee setting, implying that it would be easier to accomplish goals without any opposition. However, it also reveals a somewhat egocentric perspective, disregarding the benefits of diverse perspectives and collaborative decision-making.
Writers must fortify themselves with pride and egotism as best they can. The process is analogous to using sandbags and loose timbers to protect a house against flood. Writers are vulnerable creatures like anyone else. For what do they have in reality? Not sandbags, not timbers. Just a flimsy reputation and a name.
Leave this hypocritical prating about the masses. Masses are rude, lame, unmade, pernicious in their demands and influence, and need not to be flattered, but to be schooled. I wish not to concede anything to them, but to tame, drill, divide, and break them up, and draw individuals out of them.