You can’t go back home to your family, back home to your childhood, back home to romantic love, back home to a young man’s dreams of glory and of fame, back home to exile, to escape to Europe and some foreign land, back home to lyricism, to singing just for singing’s sake, back home to aestheticism, to one’s youthful idea of “the artist” and the all-sufficiency of “art” and “beauty” and “love”, back home to the ivory tower, back home to places in the country, to the cottage in Bermuda, away from all the strife and conflict of the world, back home to the father you have lost and have been looking for, back home to someone who can help you, save you, ease the burden for you, back home to the old forms and systems of things which once seemed everlasting but which are changing all the time — back home to the escapes of Time and Memory.

Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938) American writer
You Can’t Go Home Again, Book 7 “A Wind Is Rising and the Rivers Flow” (1940)
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2 Responses to You Can’t Go Home Again, Book 7 “A Wind Is Rising and the Rivers Flow” (1940)

  1. Hugh Hyatt says:

    Dave, I’m curious why you quoted this passage only in parts, and without ellipses to show where parts are missing.

    • Dave says:

      Because I was working from a poorly formatted (and paraphrased) quotation, and had been unable (in part because of that) to pin down the original. I’ve corrected things — thanks.

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