Human nature will not flourish, any more than a potato, if it be planted and replanted, for too long a series of generations, in the same worn out soil. My children have had other birthplaces, and, so far as their fortunes may be within my control, shall strike their roots into unaccustomed earth.
~ Nathaniel Hawthorne in ‘The Custom House’ (Quoted by Jhumpa Lahiri in ‘Unaccustomed Earth’)
Just began reading Unaccustomed Earth, and came across this quote. Beautifully brings out the getting-out-of-one’s-comfort-zone philosophy.
PS: Update on the Orbis Terrarum Challenge – I am substituting Murakami’s ‘Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman’ with Sarah Macdonald’s ‘Holy Cow!’ (Australia).