Talent does not surive all obstacles. In fact, in the face of hardships, talent is the first to perish; the rarest plants are ususally the most fragile. Our present day struggle for existence is the coarest and ugliest phenomenon that has ever appeared on earth. It takes a tough skin to face it, a very tough one. Are talented people born with tough skins? Hardly. In fact, the more talent one possesses the more sensitive one is, as a rule. And if there is a more tragic figure than a sensitive, worthwhile person facing life without money - I don't know where it can be found.

— Ayn Rand (1905-1982) Russian-American Writer and Philosopher  

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