After searching for this quote I found the original which can be attributed to John Adams. It is pretty different although I still like it. “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.” John Adams letter to Abigail Adams May 12, 1780
The original tweet:https://twitter.com/stephenfry/status/1312682218
http://blog.ted.com/2006/06/27/sir_ken_robinso/ here's the transcript and I link to the talk about education killing creativity.. I love TED.
The original quote is this
“Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let the pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”
Which quite often gets misattributed to Kurt Vonnegut. And I am quite often, unashamedly proud of that.
It comes from a project I ran from 2007 to earlier this year called I Wrote This For You and the last entry explains how it started and why it ended.
I'll be around if you have any questions. Keep well.
EDIT: the text in the original French: “C'est le temps que tu as perdu pour ta rose qui fait ta rose si importante.” Found via http://www.petit-prince.at/links.htm, in case you want to waste your afternoon with a children's book.
Did he just nail the perfect description of Reddit's biggest problem, the strive for originality? Amazing quote.