Today’s quote: always living to the fullest

English: Alfred Lord Tennyson. Arguably Lincol...

English: Alfred Lord Tennyson. Arguably Lincolnshire’s most famous son, Alfred Lord Tennyson was born at Somersby in the Wolds. His great friend G.F.Watts RA, OM completed this bronze casting when he was 86 years old but didn’t live to see its unveiling by Lady Brownlow on 15th July 1905. This twice life-size statue in Minster Green shows the Poet Laureate in an Inverness cloak, deep in thought contemplating a flower, accompanied by his beloved Siberian Wolfhound ‘Karenina’. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees all times I have enjoyed
Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those
That loved me and alone . . .

How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unfurnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breathe were life! . . .

. . . And though
We are not that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
~ from the poem Ulysses written in 1842 by Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Victorian poet, (1809 – 1892)

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