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Old 08-26-2013, 10:35 PM   #2176
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Old 08-29-2013, 07:49 PM   #2179
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Old 08-30-2013, 06:52 PM   #2180
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Old 08-30-2013, 09:26 PM   #2181
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Old 09-01-2013, 08:49 AM   #2182
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Ithaka

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.


-- Constantine P. Cavafy, Collected Poems. Translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:23 AM   #2183
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I don't know this author, but I love this quote:

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
― Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
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Old 09-04-2013, 05:58 AM   #2184
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I don't know this author, but I love this quote:

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
― Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
Great quote. This reminds me that I've had this book on my wishlist for ages. Maybe I should go ahead and read it already.
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Old 09-05-2013, 11:49 AM   #2185
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Old 09-08-2013, 10:52 AM   #2186
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― John Locke
Machiavelli said something to the same effect in his letter to Francesco Vettori

"On the coming of evening, I return to my house and enter my study; and at the door I take off the day's clothing, covered with mud and dust, and put on garments regal and courtly; and reclothed appropriately, I enter the ancient courts of ancient men, where, received by them with affection, I feed on that food which only is mine and which I was born for, where I am not ashamed to speak with them and to ask them the reason for their actions; and they in their kindness answer me; and for four hours of time I do not feel boredom, I forget every trouble, I do not dread poverty, I am not frightened by death; entirely I give myself over to them.

"And because Dante says it does not produce knowledge when we hear but do not remember, I have noted everything in their conversation which has profited me, and have composed a little work On Princedoms, where I go as deeply as I can into considerations on this subject, debating what a princedom is, of what kinds they are, how they are gained, how they are kept, why they are lost."
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