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    relate to life

    Hello,

    I cannot make out the meaning of "relate to life" as in "You can only relate to life if ......"
    I really appreciate your help!

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    Giumao



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    Re: relate to life

    Please provide the full sentence.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: relate to life

    Dear bhaisahab,

    The expression is from "Case Histories," a novel by Kate Atkinson.

    The conversation between two sisters, who are visiting his father dying, goes:
    (They had been summoned.)
    "Like attending the deathbed of a king"
    "You're thinking of King Lear"
    "What if I am?"
    "You can only relate to life if you've seen it on the stage"

    giumao






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    Re: relate to life

    Have a look at this link: http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...late-to-sb-sth
    Does that help?
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    Re: relate to life

    Dear bhaisahab,

    Thank you for the information.

    From the dictionary explanation, I understand the meaning of the phrase
    "You can only relate to life if you've seen it on the stage" as follows:
    You can only understand what life is about if you've seen "King Lear" on the stage.
    Is that correct?

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    Re: relate to life

    One sister is saying that her sibling is only able to understand life through what she sees on the stage. Not specifically King Lear.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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    #7

    Re: relate to life

    Now I understand.
    Thank you for your help!


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    Re: relate to life

    Note that there is no need to write a new post to indicate that you understand or say "Thank you". Simply click on the Like/Thank button(s) on any post you find helpful. It saves time for everyone.
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