September 20, 2019

Les espérances les plus ridicules et les plus hardies ont été quelquefois la cause des succès extraordinaires.

(The boldest and most ridiculous hopes have sometimes been the cause of extraordinary successes.)

—Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues
  French writer (1715-1747)

Source:Maxims and Reflections (free Amazon Kindle version)

The Boston Globe’s editors and I agreed in December 2015 that Reflection for the Day will no longer appear in the newspaper, ending a 32-year run since the feature was launched by visionary Boston Globe editor Tom Winship. I will continue to publish the Reflections on this website every day, including most Sundays, into 2016 and beyond. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. —Tom Fitzpatrick