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Ithaka

As you set out for Ithaka
hope the voyage is a long one,
full of adventure, full of discovery.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
angry Poseidon—don’t be afraid of them:
you’ll never find things like that on your way
as long as you keep your thoughts raised high,
as long as a rare excitement
stirs your spirit and your body.
Laistrygonians and Cyclops,
wild Poseidon—you won’t encounter them
unless you bring them along inside your soul,
unless your soul sets them up in front of you.

Hope the voyage is a long one.
May there be many a summer morning when,
with what pleasure, what joy,
you come into harbors seen for the first time;
may you stop at Phoenician trading stations
to buy fine things,
mother of pearl and coral, amber and ebony,
sensual perfume of every kind—
as many sensual perfumes as you can;
and may you visit many Egyptian cities
to gather stores of knowledge from their scholars.

Keep Ithaka always in your mind.
Arriving there is what you are destined for.
But do not hurry the journey at all.
Better if it lasts for years,
so you are old by the time you reach the island,
wealthy with all you have gained on the way,
not expecting Ithaka to make you rich.

Ithaka gave you the marvelous journey.
Without her you would not have set out.
She has nothing left to give you now.

And if you find her poor, Ithaka won’t have fooled you.
Wise as you will have become, so full of experience,
you will have understood by then what these Ithakas mean.


Constantinos P. Cavafis

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First figure out why you want the students to learn the subject and what you want them to know, and ...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
The thing that doesn't fit is the thing that's the most interesting: the part that doesn'...
RICHARD P. FEYNMAN
I have no discipline, which is a horrible flaw for any writer. Once I'm well started on a projec...
P. N. ELROD
Fame and fortune are as hard to find as a lightning strike.
P. N. ELROD
I've had quite a lot to conquer in myself apart from writing. Not that I've been a pure ange...
P. L. TRAVERS
My family didn't like me going on the stage, and they didn't much like my being a writer, ei...
P. L. TRAVERS
'Friend Monkey' is really my favorite of all my books because the Hindu myth on which it is ...
P. L. TRAVERS
There's also a level of discipline I use as a writer, designed to get better at what I'm doi...
P. J. HARVEY
People have a tendency to see country life through rose-colored glasses.
P. J. HARVEY
Making me into a role model is placing too much importance on what I see as a work in progress.
P. J. HARVEY
I work on words quite separately to music. They're both ongoing, and I don't ever feel like ...
P. J. HARVEY
I think that's always very valuable: to keep the mind open to receiving all sorts of information...
P. J. HARVEY
I didn't know folk music growing up, no. It's something I've come to study, really, beca...
P. J. HARVEY
He was white and shaken, like a dry martini.
P. G. WODEHOUSE
She had a penetrating sort of laugh. Rather like a train going into a tunnel.
P. G. WODEHOUSE
I just sit at a typewriter and curse a bit.
P. G. WODEHOUSE
Has anybody ever seen a dramatic critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up ...
P. G. WODEHOUSE
The least thing upset him on the links. He missed short putts because of the uproar of the butterfli...
P. G. WODEHOUSE
Why don't you get a haircut? You look like a chrysanthemum.
P. G. WODEHOUSE
We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our frien...
P. D. JAMES
There’s no such thing as free kittens.
BRIAN P. CLEARY
If a couple has their picture taken at a wedding or other social gathering, and the woman looks hot,...
BRIAN P. CLEARY
My definition of an expert in any field is a person who knows enough about what's really going on to...
P. J. PLAUGER
Vulgarity is more obvious in satin than in homespun.
NATHANIEL P. WILLIS
You have powers you never dreamed of. You can do things you never thought you could do. there are no...
DARWIN P. KINGSLEY
Nothing makes you more tolerant of a neighbor's noisy party than being there.
FRANKLIN P. JONES
Good manners are a combination of intelligence, education, taste and style mixed together so that yo...
P. J. O'ROURKE
A lawyer is a gentlemen that rescues your estate from your enemies and then keeps it to himself.
LORD HENRY P. BROUGHAM
I am a journalist and, under the modern journalist's code of Olympian objectivity (and total purity ...
P. J. O'ROURKE
Seriousness is stupidity sent to college.
P. J. O'ROURKE
There are two great forces in this world -- good and evil; and no man is worth his salt unless he ha...
A. P. GOUTHEY
Marijuana is self-punishing. It makes you acutely sensitive, and in this world, what worse punishmen...
P. J. O'ROURKE
No drug, not even alcohol, causes the fundamental ills of society. If we're looking for the sources ...
P. J. O'ROURKE
When I die I want to decompose in a barrel of porter and have it served in all the pubs in Dublin.
J. P. DONLEAVY
Every man wishes to rule the world. Unfortunately, the world rules every man.
JEREMY P. JOHNSON
All women should know how to take care of children. Most of them will have a husband some day.
FRANKLIN P. JONES
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
FRANKLIN P. JONES
Character is the sum and total of a person's choices.
P. B. FITZWATER
In science as in love, too much concentration on technique can often lead to impotence.
P. L. BERGER
The more thou dost advance, the more thy feet pitfalls will meet. The Path that leadeth on is lighte...
HELEN P. BLAVATSKY
The trouble with being punctual is that nobody's there to appreciate it.
FRANKLIN P. JONES
But Jesus, when you don't have any money, the problem is food. When you have money, it's sex. When y...
J. P. DONLEAVY
This Law -- whether Conscious or Unconscious --predestines nothing and no one. It exists from and in...
HELEN P. BLAVATSKY
Grace means the free, unmerited, unexpected love of God, and all the benefits, delights, and comfort...
R. P. C. HANSON
Farm policy, although it's complex, can be explained. What it can't be is believed. No cheating spou...
P. J. O'ROURKE
Anybody can cut prices, but it takes brains to produce a better article.
P. D. ARMOUR
Government proposes, bureaucracy disposes. And the bureaucracy must dispose of government proposals ...
P. J. O'ROURKE
We cut these numerous windings in our destinies daily with our own hands, while we imagine that we a...
HELEN P. BLAVATSKY
It is well to read everything of something, and something of everything.
LORD HENRY P. BROUGHAM
Respectable men and women content with good and easy living are missing some of the most important t...
WILLIAM P. MERRILL
I find it extraordinary that a straightforward if inelegant device for ensuring the survival of the ...
P. D. JAMES
Brotherhood is the very price and condition of man's survival.
CARLOS P. ROMULO
Don't buy a single vote more than necessary. I'll be damned if I'm going to pay for a landslide.
JOSEPH P. KENNEDY
We English are good at forgiving our enemies; it releases us from the obligation of liking our fri...
P. D. JAMES
You don't need to be Catholic to be Catholic anymore. If you dissent, you don't get out. Martin Luth...
JAMES P. MCFADDEN
Spirit is matter seen in a stronger light.
L. P. JACKS
There's a whiff of the lynch mob or the lemming migration about any overlarge concentration of like-...
P. J. O'ROURKE
Very little is known of the Canadian country since it is rarely visited by anyone but the Queen and ...
P. J. O'ROURKE
The U.S. Constitution is less than a quarter the length of the owner's manual for a 1998 Toyota Camr...
P. J. O'ROURKE
Never fight an inanimate object.
P. J. O'ROURKE
Drugs have taught an entire generation of Americans the metric system.
P. J. O'ROURKE
A little government and a little luck are necessary in life, but only a fool trusts either of them.
P. J. O'ROURKE
The pursuit of happiness is a most ridiculous phrase; if you pursue happiness you'll never find it.
C. P. SNOW
What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give.
P. D. JAMES
All television is children's television.
RICHARD P. ADLER
The trouble with jogging is that, by the time you realize you're not in shape for it, it's too far t...
FRANKLIN P. JONES
Silence gives consent, or a horrible feeling that nobody's listening.
FRANKLIN P. JONES
Seeing ourselves as others would probably confirm our worst suspicions about them.
FRANKLIN P. JONES
An atheist is one who hopes the Lord will do nothing to disturb his disbelief.
FRANKLIN P. JONES
The flag of our Union forever!
GEORGE P. MORRIS
I've been more bossed by my fortune than it has been bossed by me.
JOHN P. LIPPETT
Life begins when you get out of the grandstand into the game.
P. L. DEBEVOISE
At the age of eleven or thereabouts women acquire a poise and an ability to handle difficult situati...
P. G. WODEHOUSE
Even very young children need to be informed about dying. Explain the concept of death very carefull...
P. J. O'ROURKE
Has anybody ever seen a drama critic in the daytime? Of course not. They come out after dark, up to ...
P. G. WODEHOUSE
Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.
ALYCE P. CORNYN-SELBY