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Daemon
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The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)
Sarmad Ehsan
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Now that's altogether something , a real motivational booster :) As breath is to life so congestion is to death. Try try and keep on trying never stop; no matter whatsoever even if you have conquered the world.

Sky is not the limit :)

excaelis
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John Milton might disagree...


WHEN I consider how my light is spent
E're half my days, in this dark world and wide,
And that one Talent which is death to hide,
Lodg'd with me useless, though my Soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, least he returning chide,
Doth God exact day-labour, light deny'd,
I fondly ask; But patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies, God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts, who best
Bear his milde yoak, they serve him best, his State
Is Kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o're Land and Ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and waite.








Sanity is not statistical
Al Rizwaan
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 5:15:48 AM

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From the top of this mountain... I can see the lights of the capital and I look in the direction of your home, praying that you will soon be well.

WE @):-
monamagda
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The quote in context from Foster's book "Howard End"
Page 82 Chapter 12 :


“Margaret realized the chaotic nature of our daily life, and its difference from the orderly sequence that has been fabricated by historians. Actual life is full of false clues and sign-posts that lead nowhere. With infinite effort we nerve ourselves for a crisis that never comes. The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is no that of a man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent. It assumes that preparation against danger is in itself a good, and that men, like nations, are the better for staggering through life fully armed. The tragedy of preparedness has scarcely been handled, save by the Greeks. Life is indeed dangerous, but not in the way morality would have us believe. It is indeed unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable, but the essence of it is not a battle. It is unmanageable because it is a romance, and its essence is romantic beauty.”

I liked to much this author, I enjoyed reading "A Room with a View", "A Passage to India" ( My favorite)!!



Read the book on line here http://forster.thefreelibrary.com/Howards-End/12-1
Gabylys
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I agree!
Bully_rus
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Daemon wrote:
The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)


Back then in 1910 nobody knew what a real tragedy is. Could it be that for example Hitler was unprepared for "career" whence all come forth?
Kathy Hall
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 2:09:44 PM

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Which is the tragedy?

and on a further note, the article about this guy needs a few references.
capitán
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 2:30:44 PM

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Kathy Hall wrote:
Which is the tragedy?

and on a further note, the article about this guy needs a few references.

--- --- ---
I suppose he is referring to the waste of strength
and the waste of readiness of the one who is prepared,
but never taken.-

And yes,
it is a shame that much results lost
but compared to what results gained...
Verbatim
Posted: Friday, May 23, 2014 9:58:46 PM
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Daemon wrote:
The most successful career must show a waste of strength that might have removed mountains, and the most unsuccessful is not that of the man who is taken unprepared, but of him who has prepared and is never taken. On a tragedy of that kind our national morality is duly silent.

E. M. Forster (1879-1970)


To be prepared and never get the call...all dressed up and nowhere to go... sounds much like what many graduates find out there.
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