“To be the father of growing daughters is to understand something of what Yeats evokes with his imperishable phrase ‘terrible beauty.’ Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it’s a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realize that your heart is running around inside someone else’s body. It also makes me quite astonishingly calm at the thought of death: I know whom I would die to protect and I also understand that nobody but a lugubrious serf can possibly wish for a father who never goes away.” —Christopher Hitchens
Татьяна Юхтимовскаяhas quoted3 years ago
Here’s a chestnut: if you’re tired of thinking about yourself, have a child. On a good day, guilt and fear trump self-obsession; on a bad one, you can enjoy them all while singing the hits from Frozen.