There is certainly a satisfaction and dignity to be gained in coming to terms with the mistakes one has made in the course of one’s life
If you are under the impression you have already perfected yourself, you will never rise to the heights you are no doubt capable of.
Perhaps there are those who are able to go about their lives unfettered by such concerns. But for those like us, our fate is to face the world as orphans, chasing through long years the shadows of vanished parents. There is nothing for it but to try and see through our missions to the end, as best we can, for until we do so, we will be permitted no calm.
After all, what can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished?
Memory, I realize, can be an unreliable thing; often it is heavily coloured by the circumstances in which one remembers, and no doubt this applies to certain of the recollections I have gathered here.
What is pertinent is the calmness of beauty, its sense of restraint. It is as though the land knows of its own beauty, its own greatness, and feels no need to shout it.
Memories, even your most precious ones, fade surprisingly quickly. But I don’t go along with that. The memories I value most, I don’t see them ever fading.
Wondering Whom to Read Next?
- Salman Rushdie Indian-born British Novelist
- Doris Lessing British Novelist, Poet
- V. S. Naipaul Trinidadian-British Writer
- Aaron Klug English Biophysicist
- T. S. Eliot American-born British Poet
- Rudyard Kipling British Children’s Books Writer
- William Golding English Novelist
- Hanif Kureishi British Novelist, Screenwriter
- Margaret Atwood Canadian Author
- Friedrich Hayek British Economist, Social Philosopher