May 12, 2009

Magical advice

This is how education leads to happiness.  I love when I find beautiful quotes like this one.

"The best thing for being sad," replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, "is to learn something. That's the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting.

--T. H. White, The Once and Future King


  1. Me too.

  2. Ah, before I knew about your blog! I could read this one over and over again. :)

  3. That's actually from "The Once and Future King", isn't it? Billy just read it, and I picked up the book one day and happened on that quote. What a great thing to read that day! It had been so long since I'd read the book, I'd forgotten about it. It's a gem.

  4. Ah, fixed! Thank you very much Kit. :)