A Preparation for Something that Never Happens

W. B. Yeats, The Autobiography of William Butler Yeats, 1935

When I think of all the books I have read, and of the wise words I have heard spoken, and of the anxiety I have given to parents and grandparents, and of the hopes that I have had, all life weighed in the scales of my own life seems to me a preparation for something that never happens.

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