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By John Kenneth Galbraith

The richly adventurous memoirs of 1 of the main amazing public figures to dominate the yank scene over the past decades
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In fact, all might-have-beens are an illusion; what did not happen never really lay within the bounds of possibility. Rosamond’s conviction that I should become a great poet was bracing. The frustration that I met with on every side in seeking spiritual guidance led me to turn the more enthusiastically to poetry. In my second year Denzil Batchelor came up and we immediately became close friends. He was a young man with shining brown eyes and a glowing voice, full of glory and tragedy. His energy was prodigious — poetry, football, drink, work, social life, and always tragically in love.

The combination of the two processes explains the nervous tension that is often set up when, instead of complementary, they become opposing forces. It is no play-acting and no easy task. There will be no success until the ego is prepared to surrender and go to its own sacrifice, but on the way it may pass the trees I referred to, dangling with tempting but unearned fruits. The conflict between the two tendencies may be enough to overbalance the mind. I have seen such cases and at the least this kind of madness is always egoism pushed beyond the limits.

However, the former refused to advance my passage money. They were willing to refund it when I arrived but I had not got it. I was no longer on good terms with my father, so instead of asking him for it straight out I asked his advice which job to take. He advised the Polish one. He was a practical, level-headed person, so I could only wonder what his motive was in advising what he must have known to be the wrong choice: whether it was because of the passage money or because the college was Catholic and knowing my leaning in that direction, he feared that I might be lost forever to a religion he abominated.

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