Major writing is to say what has been seen, so that it need never be said again.
A lively understandable spirit Once entertained you. It will come again. Be still. Wait.
A man must be sacrificed now and again to provide for the next generation of men.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
And soon, too soon, we part with pain, To sail o’er silent seas again.
Albert Camus’s ‘La Peste’ – ‘The Plague’ – had an enormous impact on me when I read it in high school French class, and I chose my senior yearbook quote from it. In college, I wrote a philosophy class paper on Camus and Sartre, and again chose my yearbook quote from ‘La Peste.’
A dark house is always an unhealthy house, always an ill-aired house, always a dirty house. Want of light stops growth and promotes scrofula, rickets, etc., among the children. People lose their health in a dark house, and if they get ill, they cannot get well again in it.
And so, you can do hundreds and hundreds of studies showing a general factor and just so long as you restrict your populations, your testing materials and the kinds of situations you look at, you can keep finding the same wrong thing again and again.
To all those mothers and fathers who are struggling with teen-agers, I say, just be patient: even though it looks like you can’t do anything right for a number of years, parents become popular again when kids reach 20.
It is well for the world that in most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.