Oscar Wilde was suing the Marquis of Queensbury in 1895 for libel accusing Wilde of homosexuality
Counsel: Have you ever adored a young man madly?
Wilde: I have never given adoration to anyone except myself.
“Chekhov did not know he was a great writer. Or should I put it this way: Van Gogh and Chekhov and all great people have known inwardly they were something. They have a passionate conviction of their importance, of the life, the fire, the god in them. But they were never sure that others would necessarily see it in them, or that recognition would ever come…
Therefore all should work. First because it is impossible that you have no creative gift. Second: the only way to make it live and increase is to use it. Third: You cannot be sure it is not a great gift.” —Brenda Ueland