Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
''After all,' you had once told me, 'Starswirl the Bearded was the greatest mortal magician who ever lived, and he died alone with nothing but his scrolls.' You used to believe that a lonely existence was a necessary means to greatness.' - Background Pony
I do think...greatness can never come without some separation. Same with desolation. Anything that makes you experience the world uncommonly or gives you uncommon experience is isolating -- simply no way around that.