Monday, August 16, 2010

Posted beause it touched a nerve....

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover."  Mark Twain

5 comments:

Sean Jeating said...

Like it. Not sure about the first part, though. Probably, as I'd prefer a (you) might (be dissappointed) instead of 'you will ...'.
The last lines remind a bit of 'Carpe diem (et noctem), and of Hermann Hesse's Steps.

John Foster said...

Will is so much stronger than might. Might invokes contention, contention war which, ultimately, only will can overcome. qv your post and comments concerning the Berlin Wall!

Sean Jeating said...

That's quite surprising a reply, John, as I did not at all think of (the substantives/nouns) will and might, but of indicative and subjunctive.
Language is fascinating, hm?

Andrew Scott said...

John Steinbeck... "thou mayest" (if I remember correctly). East of Eden, a big and complex and rather wonderful book (if I remember correctly from my reading of it aged about 19).

John Foster said...

That is interesting, Andrew, I too devoured Steinbeck during my teenage years. Perhaps East of Eden is due for a fifty-years-on re-read.