„In a world that lives like a fist
mercy is not more than waking
with your hands open.“

—  Mark Nepo

Ultimo aggiornamento 07 Maggio 2019. Storia
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1951

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„I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.“

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Contesto: Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.

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„For he comes, the human child!
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From a world more full of weeping
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The Stolen Child http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/1695/, st. 1
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Variante: Come away, O human child!
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Origine: The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats
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