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"We alone know that those whom we really resemble are not at all those whom we seem to resemble."

(Jean Rostand)

"We discover in ourselves what others hide from us, and we recognise in others what we hide from ourselves."


"Between the ages of twenty and forty we are engaged in the process of discovering who we are, which involves learning the difference between accidental limitations which it is our duty you outgrow and the necessary limitations of our nature beyond which we cannot trespass with impunity."

(W.H. Auden)

"It is an error to suppose that no man understands his own character. Most persons know even their failings very well, only they persist in giving them names different from those usually assigned by the rest of the world."

(Sir Arthur Helps)

"A branch which has been partner of the tree's growth since the beginning, and has never ceased to share its life, is a different thing from one that has been grafted in again after a severance. As gardeners say, it is of the same tree, but not of the same mind."

(Marcus Aurelius)

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"Nevertheless it is in our power... to grow back and become one with our neighbour again, so playing our part once more in the integration of the whole. Yet if such acts of secession are repeated frequently, they make it difficult for the recusant to achieve this reunion and restitution."

(Marcus Aurelius)

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"A branch severed from an adjoining branch necessarily becomes severed from the whole tree. A man, likewise, who had been divided from any of his fellows had thereby fallen away from the whole community. But whereas the branch is lopped by some other hand, the man, by his feelings of hatred or aversion, brings about his own estrangement from his neighbour, and does not see that at the same time he has cut himself off from the whole framework of society."

(Marcus Aurelius)

current vigor levels are 14%

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I'm torn on this. On the one hand, there it *is* amazing to go away to university.

On the other, it's ridiculously expensive these days, and I can imagine our eldest going for something like this:

@Downes I haven't tried this but thought it would be something you might like (for 'Stephen follows instructions' maybe?)

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