Quote by John Updike
I would especially like to re-court the Muse of poetry, who ran off with the mailman four years ago, and drops me only a scribbled postcard from time to time.
In this quote, the author expresses their desire to reconnect and seek inspiration from the Muse of poetry. Metaphorically, the Muse is portrayed as having abandoned the author, running off with the mailman. The mention of receiving occasional postcards signifies the sporadic bursts of creativity or ideas the author still receives, but longs for a more frequent and significant connection with their Muse. Overall, the quote speaks to the author's longing for the return of creative inspiration and the frustrations of an elusive Muse.
The history of any nation follows an undulatory course. In the trough of the wave we find more or less complete anarchy; but the crest is not more or less complete Utopia, but only, at best, a tolerably humane, partially free and fairly just society that invariably carries within itself the seeds of its own decadence.
Until the philosophy which holds one race superior and another inferior is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war and until there are no longer first-class and second-class citizens of any nation, until the color of a man's skin is of no more significance than the color of his eyes. And until the basic human rights are equally guaranteed to all without regard to race, there is war. And until that day, the dream of lasting peace, world citizenship, rule of international morality, will remain but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, but never attained... now everywhere is war.