Letter to Dr Michael Balint, 27 March 1957
27th March 1957.
Dr. Michael Balint,
7 Park Square West,
Regent’s Park, N.W.1.
I had only time to send you what you asked for, and now I would like to write a note to thank you for the trouble you took preparing and giving the lecture last Wednesday. I think the best part of it is that you start from a position of humility with the acknowledgement that we all have failures to our account. This is a great relief as compared with the tone of many speakers who seem to suggest that they can tackle everything.
I cannot say that I agree with your idea that the only worth while contribution was in my opening remarks, but I think you wrote this the next morning in the negative phase that occurs after the reading of a paper. It is certainly important for the Society to be reminded over and over again that the man cannot live by bread alone – bread here meaning verbal interpretations.
Donald W W