Doublets: Overcoming Adversity

atkins bookshelf quotationsMan performs and engenders so much more than he can or should have to bear. That’s how he finds that he can bear anything.

William Faulkner (1897-1962), American writer best known for his novels that take place in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi. Faulkner’s work won both the Nobel Prize in Literature (1949) and the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1962). His acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize is a must-read for any serious writer.

That which we are, we are; / One equal temper of heroic hearts, / Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will, / To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield. 

From the poem “Ulysses by British poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) who was Poet Laureate during most of Queen Victoria’s reign. His best known poems include “Break, Break, Break” and “Crossing the Bar.”

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