October 30, 2012

READ: open by andre agassi




one of my favorite books is "open" by andre agassi.  this is my second time reading it, and it's just as good this time around.  the book is an easy read, and you don't have to know the game of tennis in order to enjoy it.  you'd never guess that such a successful professional athlete might have endured so many struggles and internal battles on his journey to the top.

the opening quote is a great one:

One cannot always tell what it is that keeps us shut in, confines us, seems to bury us, but still one feels certain barriers, certain gates, certain walls. Is all this imagination, fantasy? I do not think so. And then one asks: My God! Is it for long, is it for ever, is it for eternity? Do you know what frees one from this captivity? It is very deep serious affection. Being friends, being brothers, love, that is what opens the prison by supreme power, by some magic force.

 - Vincent van Gogh, letter to his brother, July 1880


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