Quote by John Galsworthy
Idealism increases in direct proportion to one's distance from the problem.
This quote suggests that people tend to become more idealistic or optimistic about solving problems when they are not directly affected by them. The farther one is from the problem, whether physically or emotionally, the more likely they are to view it through a lens of idealism and imagine simplistic solutions. The quote implies that people may underestimate the complexity and challenges involved in solving problems when they are not personally impacted by them.
If they are ignorant, they are despised, if learned, mocked. In love they are reduced to the status of courtesans. As wives they are treated more as servants than as companions. Men do not love them: they make use of them, they exploit them, and expect, in that way, to make them subject to the law of fidelity.
As the sun went down, I saw a solitary boatman disporting on the smooth lake. The falling dews seemed to strain and purify the air, and I was soothed with an infinite stillness. I got the world, as it were, by the nape of the neck, and held it under in the tide of its own events, till it was drowned, and then I let it go down stream like a dead dog. Vast hollow chambers of silence stretched away on every side, and my being expanded in proportion, and filled them. Then first could I appreciate sound, and find it musical.