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‘… The truth is that there is a great outer life that you and I have never touched — a life in which telegrams and anger count. Personal relations, that we think are supreme, are not supreme there. There love means marriage settlements; death, death duties. So far I’m clear. But here’s my difficulty. This outer life, though obviously horrid, often seems the real one — there’s grit in it. It does breed character. Do personal relations lead to sloppiness in the end?’‘Oh, Meg, that’s what I felt, only not so clearly, when the Welcomes were so competent, and seemed to have their hans on all the ropes.’‘Don’t you fell it now?’‘I remember Paul at breakfast,’ said Helen quietly. ‘I shall never forget him. He had nothing to fall back upon. I know that personal relations are the real life, for ever and ever.’‘Amen!’
深有同感。。。要么把自己变得牛逼哄哄，要么step into this real outer life…………
P25'Do you imply that we Germans are stupid, Uncle Ernst?" exclaimed a haughty and magnificent nephew. Uncle Ernst replied:’To my mind. You use the intellect, but you no longer care about it. That I call stupidity.’ As the haughty nephew did not follow, he continued:’You only care about the things that you can use, and therefore arrange them in the following order: money, supremely useful; intellect, rather useful; imagination, of no use at all. No’ — for the other had protested — ‘your Pan-Germanism is no more imaginative than is our Imperialism over here. It is the vice of a vulgar mind to be thrilled by bigness, to think that a thousand square miles are a thousand times more wonderful than one square mile, and that a million square miles are almost the same as heaven. That is not imagination. No, it kills it. When their poets over here try to celebrate bigness they are dead at once, and naturally. Your poets too are dying, your philosophers, your musicians, to whom Europe has listened for two hundred years. Gone. Gone with the little courts that nurtured them — gone with Esterhazy and Weimar. What? What’s that? Your universities? Oh yes, you have learned men, who collect more facts than do the learned men of England. They collect facts, and facts, and empires of facts. But which of them will rekindle the light within?”To all this Margaret listened, sitting on the haughty nephew’s knee.
对Stupidity的定义真好。。。不过facts当然是很重要的。Facts first, then imagination……人和人的区别也在这儿了——想象力要么被现实给扼杀，要么从现实中化茧成蝶。。
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