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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Paragraph from Sketches From a Life

"Life is too full in these times to be comprehensible. We know too many cities to be able to grow into any of them, and our arrivals and departures are no longer matters for emotional debauches - they are too common.  Similarly, we have too many friends to have any friendships, too many books to know any of them well; and the quality of our impressions gives way to the quantity, so that life begins to seem like a  movie, with hundreds of kaleidoscopic scenes flashing on and off our field of perception - gone before we have time to consider them."
[George Kennan, 1927]


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