19th Century Insight

 

Henri Frederic Amiel (1821-1881) 

Destiny has two ways of crushing us – by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.

Without passion man is a mere latent force and possibility, like the flint which awaits the shock of the iron before it can give forth its spark.


Robert Frost (1874-1963)

Yes, this poem is well known but still relevant and a reminder for us to walk a different path than the herd. 

  • Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
  • And sorry I could not travel both
  • And be one traveler, long I stood
  • And looked down one as far as I could
  • To where it bent in the undergrowth;
  • Then took the other, as just as fair,
  • And having perhaps the better claim,
  • Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
  • Though as for that the passing there
  • Had worn them really about the same,
  • And both that morning equally lay
  • In leaves no step had trodden black.
  • Oh, I kept the first for another day!
  • Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
  • I doubted if I should ever come back.
  • I shall be telling this with a sigh
  • Somewhere ages and ages hence:
  • Two roads diverged in a wood, and I-
  • I took the one less traveled by,
  • And that has made all the difference.

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