But the odd thing is they’ve come to seem to me aspects of the same thing, not opposites, but poles of the same axis. I don’t mean that a successful career is indistinguishable from failure; of course, it isn’t. But success in one department of life is only achieved at cost of failure elsewhere: a spectacularly successful career, for instance, at the expense of home life, or, or health, or peace of mind. Also, just as a plant cannot simultaneously put great energy into the formation of root, flower, and seed, so a life that is most successful at flowering will probably not, at the same moment, be really securely rooted in the past. Nor may these flowers produce the seed of future success. Great men, have you noticed… great men scarcely ever have great sons.