Gracious and Benign Solitude 

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.

An excerpt from The Prelude by William Wordsworth. I had this quote firmly on my bedroom wall 21 years ago. It’s stayed firmly in my mind ever since.

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