The Anonymous Widower

A Quote from T. E. Lawrence

As the players came out in the Fourth Test at the Oval, a quote from T. E. Lawrence was on the wall.

All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible.

I’ll go with that! I actually think, that when you dream in the daytime, you do it because of real stimuli around you, so your dreams fit the facts.  When you do it at night, you imagine advice from past friends and companions, which keeps you going in difficult times.  I had such a dream in Hong Kong.

I would suspect that Martin Luther had his dream in the daytime, when he analysed what he could see going on around him.

Lawrence is a great source of quotes.

I particularly like this one.

The printing press is the greatest weapon in the armoury of the modern commander.

And this one.

I’ve been & am absurdly over-estimated. There are no supermen & I’m quite ordinary, & will say so whatever the artistic results. In that point I’m one of the few people who tell the truth about myself.

It just shows what a great man he was.  It’s a pity we didn’t realise it fully at the time.

We didn’t even learn from this quote.

The people of England have been led in Mesopotamia into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honour.

Tony Blair and Dubya certainly didn’t see it coming.

August 19, 2011 - Posted by | World | , , ,

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