Quotation by James Joyce

The romantic temper, so often and so grievously misinterpreted and not more by others than by its own, is an insecure, unsatisfied, and impatient temper which sees no fit abode here for its ideals and chooses therefore to behold them under insensible figures. As a result of this choice it comes to disregard certain limitations. Its figures are blown to wild adventures, lacking the gravity of solid bodies, and the mind that has conceived them ends by disowning them.
James Joyce (1882–1941), Irish author. Stephen Hero, episode 19, New Directions (1944).

Stephen Daedalus is the speaker in this passage from Joyce's unfinished manuscript. Less than half the manuscript exists, and it was published only after Joyce's death.
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