According to Merriam-Webster, “Eminence” means either a position of prominence or superiority or refers to one that is eminent, prominent or lofty, such as a person of high rank or attainments. It is often used as a title for a cardinal, a natural elevation or an anatomical protuberance (as on a bone).
One of my favorite quotes by Ayn Rand from my favorite nonfiction book of hers, The Romantic Manifesto. As a writer myself, I learned more about art and literature from this book than I did from any other source.
“Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.”
To me, this quote means that as long as you’re working to gain your values and making progress, you rightfully exist in a state of happiness, even though your goals have yet to be achieved. The pursuit of some values can last for years. The state of mind this quote perfectly illuminates is how people survive it.