When I was in high school, I’ve red a paper in Sciences et Vie, about a Mathematician that left the Scientific community and retired near the Pyrénées mountains. Alexandre Grothendieck died last year and I will always remember two quotes from him:
- Pas de concession, pas d’économie, pas de faux semblants, pas de raccourcis
- La fécondité se reconnaît à la progéniture, et non par les honneurs
Since then, I try to stick to these advises…
You can read this nice article about him.