Jun 4, 2014

From a letter a young Sergei Diaghilev wrote to his beloved stepmother:

Sergei Diaghilev

"As for myself ... I am first a great charlatan, although one with great flair; second, I am a great charmer; third, I've a great nerve; fourth, I'm a man with a great deal of logic and few principles; and fifth, I think I lack talent; but if you like I think I've found my real calling -- patronage of the arts."

Note:  I got this wonderful quote from Lisa Chaney's splendid biography of Coco Chanel, Chanel An Intimate Life

Ardent Henry

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