Sunday, 16 May 2010

A thought for a Sunday

"All men dream, but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds, wake in the day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous men, for they may act on their dreams with open eyes, to make them possible".

T. E. Lawrence (1888 - 1935)


dave hambidge said...

Andy, how interesting that you and one stoned crow both have posts today about "eccentrics"!

Lawrence was rarely talked about in RAF history teaching to officers, presumably because he was "just an airman" in the snob private flying club era that was the RAF of the 1930's. He lived a fascinating life and died "with honour", a proper british hero?

Andy Holroyd said...

Eccentric airman? There’s a bit more to Lawrence that that Dave, as I'm sure you know.

He was an archaeologist, polyglot, cartographer, tactician, and hero who rose to lieutenant-colonel before he enlisted in the RAF. Which was well after the first war.

Perhaps he died before his final potential was realised. There's little doubt he could had a role in WW II.

Now Helen Martins is an eccentric! As may be OSC and most of us around here.