great things

They constantly look back to see how far they have come: this curbs their drive. They can have honorable careers with such methods, but will not accomplish great things. It should be said that many men too are only able to build mediocre careers. It’s only in relation to the best of them that the woman – with very rare exceptions – seems to us still to be bringing up the rear.

Simone de Beauvoir – The Second Sex

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