voyage of life


“In childhood there is no cankering care; in Youth no despairing thought. It is only when experience has taught us the realities of the world, that we lift from our eyes the golden veil of early life: that we feel deep and abiding sorrow.” ~Thomas Cole, artist statement, Manhood, The Voyage of Life

One of my favorite spots in DC is standing in the center of Thomas Cole’s epic 4 panel “Voyage of Life” painting. It’s like meeting an old friend who convinces you to waver away from the jaded end of the young/idealistic – aged/cynical spectrum. 


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