There are two kinds of people

“There are two kinds of people. One kind, you can just tell by looking at them at what point they congealed into their final selves. It might be a very nice self, but you know you can expect no more surprises from it. Whereas, the other kind keep moving, changingโ€ฆ They are fluid. They keep moving forward and making new trysts with life, and the motion of it keeps them young. In my opinion, they are the only people who are still alive. You must be constantly on your guard against congealing.” ~ย  Gail Godwin


19 thoughts on “There are two kinds of people

  1. Wow, this is such vivid imagery, Bill! I love it! The word “congeal” is so evocative–an old container of used cooking fat comes to mind–how’s that for nasty?! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I certainly don’t want to be a “congealer.” And Mimi’s exactly right–the notion of making “new trysts with life” is compelling indeed. Thx for a wonderful post! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. This puts into words something that I have always felt about some people I meet. “Congealers” actually frustrate me because I want more from them and wonder why they are not more open to share or open to change.Thanks for that. Here’s to staying fluid! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Such a great quote. It reminds me of a lyric from John Hartford that struck me as a teen and has stayed with me. “God help me if I become bored – one of the living dead”. I would add “boring”.

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