Choose an occupation that brings distinction. Most things depend upon the satisfaction they give others. Appreciation is to talent what the west wind is to the flowers: breath and life itself. There are occupations which enjoy public and life itself. There are occupations which enjoy public acclaim, and there are others, even though more important, which receive no recognition. The former, because done in the sight of everybody, win popular favor. The latter, even though they possess more of the rare and the worthy, remain unnoticed because done in obscurity. They may be venerated, but they receive no approbation. Among princes, it is the victorious who are celebrated. It is for this reason that the victorious who are celebrated. It is for this reason that the kings of Aragon are so highly honored as warriors, conquerors, and great men. Let the man of gifts find himself a place thus prized, where all may see him and all may play a part with him. Then will the voice of the people hold him immortal.
~ Baltasar Gracian, The Art of Worldly Wisdom