“but think of the stories that do not amount much! That is, that are forgotten in spite of all man remembers (unless he remembers himself) merely because they befell him without distinction of office or title-that’s what we call legend and it’s the best a poor man may do with his fate; the other we call history”
Barnes, Djuna. Nightwood. New York: Norton, 2006. (17-18)
The main difference between legend and history is that history considered fact and legend is not. What the Felix is saying that in the eyes of the world a poor man will never be remembered no matter what he does.