A generous alchemy

“While the future might be doubtful, he had no doubt of himself; and this very state of mind, this self-confidence, by a generous alchemy, gave him added resolution. Nor did he fail to be vaguely aware of it, and to grasp dimly at the truth that confidence breeds confidence — strength, strength.” — The Cruise of the Dazzler, by Jack London

The author posits that certain members of society are shaped, not by circumstance, but by force of will. The more they press into the mystery of human destiny, the more confidently they press into it, the more the world yields to them. “To one who has much, more will be given.” Indeed, the universe can be generous.

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