18 May 2011

The troubles of the young...

"The troubles of the young are soon over; they leave no external mark. If you wound the tree in its youth the bark will quickly cover the gash; but when the tree is very old, peeling the bark off, and looking carefully, you will see the scar there still. All that is buried is not dead. The barb in the arrow of childhood's suffering is this--its intense loneliness, its intense ignorance." -Oliver Schriener; Story of an African Farm

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