...was put up in a vignette by Female Science Professor:
the other day, a (very) senior professor told me that he was upset about another colleague who doesn't cite his (the senior professor's work) when he should. He said that he wants his citation numbers to be as high as possible by the time he dies because "that's all we have" (as a legacy). I thought that was sad and disturbing, particularly coming from someone who has a large number of papers that have been cited more times than any paper of mine will ever be.
sad and disturbing indeed. We have so much more in terms of legacy. Counting citations seems pretty...miserly.