Quote Originally Posted by jsoc1 View Post
"only with an unwavering love for mankind and an unconditional trust in the human race's decency--wholistically-- can one hope to become a succesful author."
I learned long ago to take such quotes at surface value. If they make sense to me, I'd look at it further; if I didn't understand it, and didn't feel particularly inclined to research it, I'd let it go.

For some things, that attitude doesn't fly. But when it comes to my writing, I write as I need to, using the method(s) that work for me.

Personally, that quote is... not understandable without context. It makes little sense to me, and I don't have the time or interest in analysing it to the point where it would.

IMO, write as you need to, and define success using your own definition of success. As everyone else has said: success means different things to different people.