Thanx for sharing that great quotation, Ken!
"Fare thee well, my love, and if forever,
Still forever fare thee well."
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From: "Ken Armstrong" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Monday, December 29, 2003 4:16 PM
Subject: Re: Some Eliot wisdom
> At 08:35 PM 12/28/2003 -0500, Rickard A. Parker wrote:
> >I was thinking of something today that Eliot either wrote or said
> >about thanking people for a gift of a book. This is a great time to
> >spread the word. Eliot said to write a note of thanks right away.
> >That way you can tactifully avoid making a comment on what you think
> >of the book.
> >I'm pretty sure that I read this in the book "Affectionately, T.S. Eliot"
> >but I was unable to find it to quote it directly.
> According to Herbert Read, it was advice that TSE was likely liberally
> have shared. I just happened across it in Read's contribution to Allen
> Tate's _T. S. Eliot The Man and His Work_. Having just read the first
> three essays in the book, by I. A. RIchards, Stephen Spender, and Read,
> struck by how such diverse talents seem to give testimony to a single
> effect. In the spirit of the book, this list (or at least its dedicatee),
> and this week, almost suspended between Christmas and the new year, here
> a quote taken from the book:
> "Destiny is not necessitarianism, and it is not caprice: it is something
> essentially meaningful. Each man has his destiny, though some men are
> undoubtedly 'men of destiny' in a sense in which most men are not; and
> Aeneas is egregiously a man of destiny, since upon him the future of the
> Western World depends. But this is an election which cannot be explained,
> burden and responsibility rather than a reason for self-glorification. It
> merely happens to one man and not to others, to have the gifts necessary
> some profound crisis, but he can take no credit to himself for the gifts
> and the responsibility assigned to him.... The concept of destiny leaves
> with a mystery, but it is a mystery not contrary to reason, for it implies
> that the world, and the course of human history, have meaning."
> Happy New Year,
> Ken A,