Knowing things halfway is a greater success than knowing things completely: it takes things to be simpler than they really are and so makes its opinions more easily understandable and persuasive.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 335, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Man Alone With Himself," aphorism 578, "Knowing Things Halfway," (1878).)
A tragic irony of life is that we so often achieve success or financial independence after the chief reason for which we sought it has passed away.
(Ellen Glasgow (1873-1945), U.S. novelist. The Woman Within, ch. 16 (1954).
Written in 1944. Glasgow, who became a widely recognized novelist only after decades of writing, was reflecting on the fact that her mother, whom she would have liked to aid financially, died before her first book was published.)