quote: maturity’s mark

The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.

–quoted in J.D. Salinger’s The Cather in the Rye (which, overall, I found to be something of a letdown, personally…but I thought this quote was pretty sweet. Plus it reminded me of some good things Dostoevsky has written – like when he introduces Alyosha and talks about passionate young men thirsting for “immediate action” but not understanding that a whole lifetime’s hard, hidden work may be what is required instead; or when he talks about the difference between real/active love and love in dreams.)


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