It is strange how most people want recognition and praise – to be recognized as a great poet, as a philosopher, something that boosts one’s ego. It gives great satisfaction but it has very little meaning. Recognition feeds one’s vanity and perhaps one’s pocket, and then what? It sets one apart and separation breeds its own problems, ever increasing. Though it may give satisfaction, recognition is not an end in itself. But most people are caught in the craving to be recognized, to fulfill, to achieve. And failure is then inevitable, with its accompanying misery. To be free of both success and failure is the real thing. From the beginning not to look for a result, to do something that one loves, and love has no reward or punishment. This is really a simple thing if there is love.
— Jiddu Krishnamurti in Letters to a Young Friend: “Happy Is The Man Who Is Nothing”, p. 23. Cited by Pupul Jayakar in J.Krishnamurti – A Biography.
"It is strange how most people want recognition and praise"