Monday, February 03, 2014


 "For this is the journey that men make: to find themselves.If they fail in this, it doesn't much matter what else they find. Money, position, fame, many loves, revenge are all of little consequence, and when the tickets are collected at the end of the ride, they are tossed into a bin marked FAILURE."

"But if a man happens to find himself -- if he knows what he can be depended upon to do, the limits of his courage, the positions from which he will no longer retreat, the degree to which he can surrender    his inner life to some woman, the secret reservoirs of his determination, the extent of his dedication, the depth of his feeling for beauty, his honest and unpostured goals -- then he has found a mansion which he can inhabit all the days of his life."

James Michener, in the semi-autobiographical novel, The Fires of Spring.
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