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August 17th, 2007
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What you have can be taken from you, but no one can take what you have already enjoyed.
--David Gemmell, in Morningstar

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From:lauriemann
Date:August 17th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
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Ooh, how true!!! ;->

An oddly appropriate note given that he died about a year ago.
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From:kyril
Date:August 18th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
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Bummer...I hadn't heard...I've got a number of his books.
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From:netmouse
Date:August 18th, 2007 01:33 am (UTC)
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Yes, my obit of him was dated July 28, last year.

I really like his writing, but never got a chance to meet him.
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From:atdt1991
Date:August 17th, 2007 02:22 pm (UTC)
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*tries not to be cynical*
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From:matt_arnold
Date:August 23rd, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
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*tries not to be cynical*
Huh? Now you've piqued my curiosity.
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From:atdt1991
Date:August 23rd, 2007 07:28 pm (UTC)
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There are plenty of ways that people can and do take away experiences that have already been enjoyed. They can't take away having enjoyed it, but they can spoil the experience in the future.

Of course, technically speaking you are your own master and can refuse to allow this. But when the evil mastermind reveals that they plotted all along to become your sidekick in order to crush your will, well, being told you should hold onto the happiness of a lie seems a bit impractical.
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From:netmouse
Date:August 23rd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
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mmm *nods*

Like if it's pointed out to you that a really enjoyable experience you had caused unintended pain to someone you care for. Doesn't really take away the experience, but certainly adds unpleasant associations that may make it impossible to freely revisit that experience with a sense of the joy you felt when you were in it.

Which may be all to the good, if a lesson needed to be learned. I'm just sayin'.
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From:pnh
Date:August 18th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
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Canto LXXXI

What thou lovest well remains,
the rest is dross
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee
What thou lov'st well is thy true heritage
Whose world, or mine or theirs
or is it of none?
First came the seen, then thus the palpable
Elysium, though it were in the halls of hell,
What thou lovest well is thy true heritage
What thou lov'st well shall not be reft from thee

--Ezra Pound
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From:jeffreyab
Date:August 18th, 2007 03:23 am (UTC)
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The best things in life are the intangibles?

I could agree with that.
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