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Quotes of the Day for 26 January 2003 – Return

General Douglas MacArthur, born at Little Rock, Arkansas on this day in 1880, once said, "We are not retreating - we are advancing in another direction." On another occasion he said, "I came through and I shall return." I could have chosen quotes from MacArthur, but instead I decided to let his most famous quote determine today's theme.

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The quotes:

The perfect journey is circular - the joy of departure and the joy of return.
     - Dino Basili

Railway termini... are our gates to the glorious and the unknown. Through them we pass out into adventure and sunshine, to them, alas, we return.
     - E. M. Forster

Perhaps there is only one cardinal sin: impatience. Because of impatience we are driven out of Paradise; because of impatience we cannot return.
     - Franz Kafka, 1883 - 1924

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact a return to the idealised past.
     - Robertson Davies

All great stories have three acts. In the first act, the heroes are introduced to great fanfare. In the second, the heroes, on the verge of victory, stumble and take a fall. And in the third act, the heroes return, victorious, to win the battle.
     - Ted Leonsis

The gates of Hell are open night and day;
Smooth the descent, and easy is the way;
But, to return, and view the cheerful skies;
In this, the task and mighty labor lies.
     - John Dryden, 1631 - 1700

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