Awaiting Judgment  

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Awaiting Judgment
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Most people were heartless about turtles because a turtle's heart will beat for hours after it has been cut up and butchered. But the old man thought, I have such a heart too.
Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

I acquired expensive habits and affected manners. I got a third‐class degree and a first‐class illusion: that I was a poet. But nothing could have been less poetic that my seeing‐through‐all boredom with life in general and with making a living in particular. I was too green to know that all cynicism masks a failure to cope‐ an impotence, in short; and that to despise all effort is the greatest effort of all. But I did absorb a small dose of one permanently useful thing, Oxfor''s greatest gift to civilized life: Socratic honesty. It showed me, very intermittently, that it is not enough to revolt against one's past. One day I was outrageously bitter among some friends about the Army; back in my own rooms later it suddenly struck me that just because I said with impunity things that would have apoplexed my dead father, I was still no less under his influence. The truth was I was not a cynic by nature, only by revolt. I had got away from what I hated, but I hadn't found where I loved, and so I pretended that there was nowhere to love. Handsomely equipped to fail, I went out into the world.
John Fowles, The Magus

The bowed head, the buried face. She is silent, she will never speak, never forgive, never reach a hand, never leave this frozen present tense. All waits, suspended. Suspended the autumn trees, the autumn sky, anonymous people. A blackbird, poor fool, sings out of season from the willows by the lake. A flight of pigeons over the houses; fragments of freedom, hazard, an anagram made flesh. And somewhere the stinging smell of burning leaves.
John Fowles, The Magus

It is not only species of animal that die out, but whole species of feeling. And if you are wise you will never pity the past for what it did not know, but pity yourself for what it did.
John Fowles, The Magus

Falling, Julee Cruise

Holding Back The Years, Simply Red

Mad World, Gary Jules

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02/20/21 9:56 AM GMT
John, I was smiling about Ernest Hemingway's quote. I haven't such a turtle heart. The heart of mine apparently doesn't beat at all, because my dear late wife said me jokingly that I've wooden one, 😁 !
Seriously now: you provided us with a wonderful post again. It's always a joy to watch your wonderful render, to read the appropriate quotes, and to listen to the well selected, mostly relaxing, music.
This contribution isn't an exception for what I've just said. Well done again. Thanks for that!
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02/20/21 11:22 PM GMT
I see a grand concert stage here, and your quotes, and music really compliment the work. tigs=^..^=
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