“A book must be an ice-axe to break the seas frozen inside our soul.”

[Franz Kafka]


“People grow old only by deserting their ideals,” Macarthur had written. “Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up interest wrinkles the soul. You are as young as your faith, as old as your doubt; as young as your self-confidence, as old as your fear; as young as your hope, as old as your despair. In the central place of every heart there is a recording chamber. So long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer and courage, so long are you young. When your heart is covered with the snows of pessimism and the ice of cynicism, then, and then only, are you grown old. And then, indeed as the ballad says, you just fade away.”

[Douglas MacArthur]



9 thoughts on “Ice

  1. squiznit says:

    that first quote is so true

  2. planaquarium says:

    Lovely words of truth – what ambition lies frozen with us, what potential can be unlocked by just a few words? Especially those spoken in encouragement. 🙂

  3. What a beautiful photograph and I love the words- giving up wrinkles the soul.

  4. Meanderer says:

    Wonderful photograph and accompanying words.

  5. joylene says:

    Words to live by. In fact, they moved me deeply. Thank you, Carol.

  6. I love this…. plan to read it over and over:) Beautiful photo as well. Thanks!

  7. GREAT photo, and great quotes. Thanks, Carol. You’re always a nice stop on the blog tour!!

  8. careann says:

    I appreciate all the feedback, thanks. I find so many quotations where the writers have expressed something so much better than I ever could! I’m not sure whether to be inspired by their words, or discouraged at how much more articulate they are. 😉

  9. Truly great words spoken by two great men 🙂 Thanks so much for these quotes, Carol.

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