In the immutability of their surroundings the foreign shores, the foreign faces, the changing immensity of life, glide past, veiled not by a sense of mystery but by a slightly disdainful ignorance; for there is nothing mysterious to a seaman unless it be the sea itself, which is the mistress of his existence and as inscrutable as Destiny.
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It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
We tend to think that history is written in stone, that it’s unchanging, immutable, fixed. But history isn’t a one-way conversation; it’s a continuing dialogue between the past and the present.
Richard Stengel -- A New Take on J.F.K., Time Magazine, 6/21/07