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Daemon
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:00:00 AM
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If you would taste love, drink of the pure stream that youth pours out at your feet. Do not wait till it has become a muddy river before you stoop to catch its waves.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)
pedro
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:38:42 AM

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The quote is from 1886, not quite his muddy river years but perhaps midlife crises came sooner then.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 6:45:20 AM
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Is there women who prefer raw, rough, unrefined diamonds?
PS I also like clean napkins, but ...

http://www.diamondschool.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=34
jcbarros
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:19:18 AM

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Let´s take what life has to offer.
kamilion
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 10:25:21 AM

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Well you should always be able to utilise everything you've learnt before.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 11:54:26 AM

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Don`t wait too long to grab life by the horns... Well, that`s what I got out of the quote, anyway. Even though the quote is pretty straight forward, does anyone else have a different translation than mine?
kamilion
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 12:48:58 PM

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Pretentious you're absolutely correct. The quote is very straight forward so it's very easy to interpret. What I did is sort of dispute its point rather than just repeat its meaning in other words. I think the author was talking from his own experience - fair play to him such a good writer.
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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 5:47:44 PM
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Daemon wrote:
If you would taste love, drink of the pure stream that youth pours out at your feet. Do not wait till it has become a muddy river before you stoop to catch its waves.

Jerome K. Jerome (1859-1927)


"Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow"-- On Being in Love. http://www.literaturepage.com/read/idlethoughts-13.html
The presumption here is about what the ladies, at the time, understood or wanted to hear, of professed love.
Besides that Jerome idly speculates that mature men's love is past its appointed time, presuming again to give advice using questionable metaphors.
Of course, we must humor his propensity for good cheer before taking him at his word. And so we did, twice in only a week.

"It is well, dear ladies, for us old sinners that you study only books. Did you read mankind, you would know that the lad's shy stammering tells a truer tale than our bold eloquence. A boy's love comes from a full heart; a man's is more often the result of a full stomach. Indeed, a man's sluggish current may not be called love, compared with the rushing fountain that wells up when a boy's heart is struck with the heavenly rod. If you would taste love, drink of the pure stream that youth pours out at your feet. Do not wait till it has become a muddy river before you stoop to catch its waves."
Christine
Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2013 9:59:25 PM

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New mind is like pure stream....true is like a pure stream. False information is like muddy river.
MTC
Posted: Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:46:21 AM
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Jerome was pointing out an eternal verity; rueful experience tempers our capacity for romantic love--the dizzy, head-over-heels variety. So grab the balloon before it takes off, young man! The older one gets, the more Jerome's words ring true.

Victorians like Jerome, writing before the development of modern psychology, sometimes unintentionally bare themselves in humorous ways. Take the unconscious but obvious sexual imagery in the following line by Jerome, for instance: "Indeed, a man's sluggish current may not be called love, compared with the rushing fountain that wells up when a boy's heart is struck by the heavenly rod." It doesn't take Sigmund Freud to interpret this, does it?

On a deeper level Jerome the man of middle years was advising young men to enjoy their full sexual powers before they lose them. Wild, sweating, orgasmic sex will never be the same.
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