“Most pass their days in an ever decreasing circle of only agreeable familiar things. It’s comfort. It’s natural. It ends in a gentle senile sigh. But choose instead to push against the current by daily close contact with disagreeable difficult unfamiliar things and it’s less comfortable, no longer a decreasing circle. This life ends more nobly: futile clarity, disappointed acceptance or, best of all, paralysed fury. Understand that irony before embarking on anything truly expansive. It’s not a good choice for everyone.” — Prof. A. Barnard on Dylan Thomas “Spoon feeding in the long run teaches us nothing but the shape of the spoon.” — E. M. Forster “Study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes in.” — Leonardo da Vinci

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