August 17, 2019

Life is a continued struggle to be what we are not and to do what we cannot.



—William Hazlitt
  British writer (1778-1830)


Source: quoted in William Hazlitt:The First Modern Man, by Duncan Wu
  British writer and teacher (b. 1961) (buy from Amazon)




The Boston Globe‚Äôs editors and I agreed in December 2015 that Reflection for the Day will no longer appear in the newspaper, ending a 32-year run since the feature was launched by visionary Boston Globe editor Tom Winship. I will continue to publish the Reflections on this website every day, including most Sundays, into 2016 and beyond. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. —Thomas Fitzpatrick