In reading up about him I discovered he had a connection to the Caribbean. His father's father was a wealthy plantation owner on the island of St. Kitts. Browning's father was sent to work on the plantation and was so disgusted by slavery that he became an abolitionist. Browning's parents seemed to have been quite liberal for the times. When he couldn't/wouldn't handle school he was educated at home, and had the run of his father's extensive library. Within a few years he was fluent in five languages (I'm including English.)
He grew up quite comfortably (living at home until the age of 34!) married the love of his life, traveled around Europe and appears to have had a pretty nice life.
And I like this quote... a lot.
The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate.
Inotherwords, it's not the goal or end result that's important, it's the journey. Strive always to do your best and that in itself will be rewarding.
I've lived long enough now, to know this is true. For you young puppies, with your eye on the ball, that's good, that's very good. But remember as you run after it, to stop and sniff that interesting something over there, or roll in the grass and kick up your legs.
Have you ever reached a goal and then felt somehow, let down, disappointed, empty?