|A Cottage by the Sea||
Conversation enriches the understanding, but solitude is the school of genius; and the uniformity of a work denotes the hand of a single artist.
Two opposing drives operate throughout life: the drive for companionship, love, and everything else which brings us close to our fellow men; and the drive toward being independent, separate, and autonomous.
When from our better selves we have too long
Been parted by the hurrying world, and droop,
Sick of its business, of its pleasures tired,
How gracious, how benign is Solitude.
It takes real courage to recognize that we ourselves are the cause of our own unhappiness.
Sculpture of Oscar Wilde in Merriam Square, Dublin.
Anybody can be good in the country. There are no temptations there.
All travel has its advantages. If the passenger visits better countries, he may learn to improve his own. And if fortune carries him to worse, he may learn to enjoy it.
Ireland is rich in literature that understands a soul's yearnings, and dancing that understands a happy heart.