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“The fascination of what’s difficult” is a reference to the poem by W.B. Yeats. Find it reproduced below. It’s something to think about. Try to keep it real.

Douglas Lovell
March 8, 2018

As for me (although no one has been so unkind as to say this), there’s passion in tilting at windmills.

Yet do. Try to keep it real.

Douglas Lovell
September 18, 2022

Tilting at windmills

This characterization given to Cervantes’ don Quixote is defined in Wikipedia as “courses of action that are based on misinterpreted or misapplied heroic, romantic, or idealistic justifications” and “inopportune, unfounded, and vain effort against adversaries real or imagined”.

Spanish language posts

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The Fascination of What’s Difficult

  • By William Butler Yeats
The fascination of what's difficult
Has dried the sap out of my veins, and rent
Spontaneous joy and natural content
Out of my heart. There's something ails our colt
That must, as if it had not holy blood
Nor on Olympus leaped from cloud to cloud,
Shiver under the lash, strain, sweat and jolt
As though it dragged road metal. My curse on plays
That have to be set up in fifty ways,
On the day's war with every knave and dolt,
Theatre business, management of men.
I swear before the dawn comes round again
I'll find the stable and pull out the bolt.