Dreams of Childhood

Quick Quotes 15. The following is taken from Thomas Rees’s Sixty Days in Europe and What We Saw There (1908):

In childhood we live in the fancy of anticipation and we long for the time to come when we will go out into the world and visit the enchanted lands we have pictured as being in existence.

In old age we live in the past and the commonplace things that we knew in youth take on clothing of magnificence until it seems as we look back that we lived and grew up in a fairy land.

In middle age we are so engrossed in the struggle for wealth, for fame, or in the regulation of affairs that we forget the anticipated fancies of childhood and, not having reached the sweet old age of mellowed recollections, we are apt to think there are no fairy lands to visit, that there are no places where the sun always shines, except when the stars are coquetting with the roses. But we are mistaken in this. There are spots on this real earth where the real things are as fanciful, as romantic and as lovely as the dreams of childhood or the golden recollections of old age; where mountain peaks are lightened by the sun’s bright rays, and where crags crowd each other with majestic shapes, where vines intermingle with verdant trees and where hills and mountain sides are clothed with roses and garlanded with flowers of many hues. There are such places, and the Island of Capri in the Bay of Naples is one of them.


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