"Voyaging through strange seas of thought, alone ..." William Wordsworth

28 October 2020

Happy Birthday, Waugh

Evelyn Waugh was born on this day in 1903.

The langour of Youth - how unique and quintessential it is! How quickly, how irrecoverably, lost! The zest, the generous affections, the illusions, the despair, all the traditional attributes of Youth - all save this come and go with us through life. These things are a part of life itself; but languor - the relaxation of yet unwearied sinews, the mind sequestered and self-regarding, the sun standing still in the heavens and the earth throbbing to our own pulse - that belongs to Youth alone and dies with it.

Evelyn Waugh, from Brideshead Revisited

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