“Oscar Wilde said that if you know what you want to be, then you inevitably become it – that is your punishment, but if you never know, then you can be anything. There is a truth to that. We are not nouns, we are verbs. I am not a thing – an actor, a writer – I am a person who does things – I write, I act – and I never know what I am going to do next. I think you can be imprisoned if you think of yourself as a noun.” – Stephen Fry
To me, living your life focusing on what you are, such as “I am a writer” instead of living life focusing on what you do, like “I write”, is like being trapped in a cage high in the sky thinking that you are flying freely.
Stephen Fry has a way with words. Aside from amazing acting, he writes well. In his book Mythos he ‘retells’ Greek myths for today’s adults.