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Melville means that it is human nature to become weary with life, full of self-pity or depressed when we are bored or have lost our passion for whatever it is that we are called to do. If your assignment is to reflect on the quote, you need to provide your reasoning for agreeing with, disagreeing with, or qualifying the statement. Think of examples from history, current events, or from your personal experiences/observations to support your opinion of the quote.
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