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“Sail Away from the Safe Harbor” Stream of Conciseness

February 12th, 2013 Written by | No Comments


“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did so. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”   -Mark Twain

The first part of the quote addresses the way William James defines the concept of time in “The Stream of Conciseness.” With time the way we view objects, people, situations, experiences, changes. One day you might hate (insert a object) but the next day you might love it. With time our thoughts shift, with each new experience our views evolve and with each day we grow as a person so its natural that our analysis advances and develops.

The second part of the quote in my opinion holds a lot of meaning and will signify something different to each person. The general idea of the quote will be similar for most but the way you apply it to your dreams, experiences, goals will be unique as well as personalized and that’s what makes it beautiful. This relates to “The Stream of Conciseness” because the interpretation of the quote will differ for each reader just like anything else in life. One person might love the Opera, someone else might like it, and another might hate it! This quote goes beyond the concept of time, and the act of sailing a boat, you have to analyze what the quote means to you, applies to your life, and how it makes you FEEL. To me it’s about the endless possibilities that await if one becomes open to the thought of adventure.

What does this quote make you feel?


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