... and optimist too
"At various stages in my life it has happened that the person with whom I am speaking will interrupt me in the middle of a sentence to exclaim, "But you really must be a romantic". Sometimes this would be said with surprise, sometimes in shock, or with disbelief, curiosity, or horror. I haven't enjoyed the label either, since the term seems out of place for a practical person, and more than sligthly out of date.
"Which, besides qualifying me as a romantic, may suggest that I'm an optimist too. If this is true, then I'm an optimist in the pessimistic tradition of the Russian peasant who suggests that, "An optimist is someone who doesn't know enough". Which is why I write about it all, to discover more."
Geciteerd uit: Man looking for words door Ritsaert ten Cate (Theater Instituut Nederland 1996)