Do not drown and do not regret. Just jettison, while you can, ‘the stupidities and meannesses, self-delusions and deceits’, and sail lighter.

‘Do men drown regretting what they have done with their lives, all the stupidities and meannesses, the self-delusions and deceits?’

See also a quote-rich mosaic review of this magnificent, entrancing book: a love letter to islands and a paean to the sea. 


Source: Adam Nicolson, Sea Room: An Island Life (London: Harper Collins, 2013 (2002)), p. 29

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