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The Remains Of The Day

April 23

Kazuo Ishiguro, recent Nobel Prize winner and one of the most distinctive voices in modern literature, is the source for our daily fragment. Plagiarised Wisdom is an archive of short extracts from work that has moved us, left an impact and lingered in the memory. Kazuo Ishiguro, recent Nobel Prize winner and one of the most distinctive voices in modern...


“What can we ever gain in forever looking back and blaming ourselves if our lives have not turned out quite as we might have wished? The hard reality is, surely, that for the likes of you and I, there is little choice other than to leave our fate, ultimately, in the hands of those great gentlemen at the hub of this world who employ our services. What is the point in worrying oneself too much about what one could or could not have done to control the course one’s life took? Surely it is enough that the likes of you and I at least try to make our small contribution count for something true and worthy. And if some of us are prepared to sacrifice much in life in order to pursue such aspirations, surely that is in itself, whatever the outcome, cause for pride and contentment.”

Kazuo Ishiguro, The Remains of the Day, 1989




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