And I Quote

While my stuff, including my books, are in the middle of the ocean somewhere, I’m surprised sometimes how little I miss certain things.  One exception to this is my book of quotations.  I have a few, actually, but there is one in particular that I would turn to with quite a bit of regularity the way some people turn to books of poetry.  I would it open randomly before turning the lights out for the day and would almost always be rewarded with well-said pearls of wisdom.  But, of course, with the days of the internet, terrific quotes can be found outside of such books.  One I have particularly liked of late: “The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated.  And the only thing people regret is that they didn’t live boldly enough, that they didn’t invest enough heart, didn’t love enough.  Nothing else really counts at all.”  This was written by Ted Hughes in a letter to his son by Sylvia Plath.  The son also later committed suicide.

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