Thursday September 13th 2012

Thought for the Day

Familiarity with danger
makes a brave man braver
but less daring”

~ Herman Melville


*Herman Melville

File:Herman Melville.jpg | From Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaBorn: August 1, 1819 New York City, New York, U.S
Died: September 28, 1891 New York City, New York, U.S

An American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet. He is best known for his novel Moby-Dick. His first three books gained much contemporary attention (the first, Typee, becoming a bestseller), and after a fast-blooming literary success in the late 1840s, his popularity declined precipitously in the mid-1850s and never recovered during his lifetime.

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Personal Interpretation

I think that this thought is all about bravery and knowledge from experiences. It’s the difference between a young man on a race track taking high speed turns and twists, and a more knowledged man who knows where to speed up and slow down to get the best over all time. They are both brave, going at high speeds, but the one that is familiar with the danger is less daring for he has learned from his past experiences.

Another example would be going into a relationship. It takes a brave heart, for the danger is that one is very vulnerable to another person. Through familiarity with this “danger” one becomes less daring, but braver in the way that they continue on even though there is a risk of being hurt.

Morgaine Lionheart


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