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Quote #875 - #RealizingLife

13 May, 2019


"Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it? every, every minute?"

"The saints and poets, maybe--they do some."

Thornton Wilder

What does that mean, to realize life? To sit outside it and see it dispassionately? I don't believe so. To take wanton pleasure in each moment regardless of consequence? Equally unlikely that that's what he meant.

One of the most famous lines in American playwriting, and I'm not sure we even "realize" what it means, no less "realize" life.

Realize: to conceive; to comprehend; to accomplish. Three meanings, all relevant. To realize our lives we must do all three: conceptualize them, understand them, and bring them to fruition.

So can we ever fully realize our own lives, every, every minute? Of course not.

But we can live trying . . .

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