“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]



Published by Carol

A freelance writer of fiction and non-fiction living on the West Coast of Canada.

9 thoughts on “Ice

  1. 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. 🙂

  2. 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. 😉

I'd love to hear from you!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s