the love affair with life

“The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one’s curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length. It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between.”

– Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses


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2 Comments

  1. Posted June 28, 2013 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Wow I love this quote. That last line is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Posted June 30, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Permalink

    And to be an example, and not a warning.