„The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate. A fine example was the Prodigal Son— when he started back home.“

—  O. Henry, "The Green Door" http://books.google.com/books?id=dKk_AAAAYAAJ&q=%22The+true+adventurer+goes+forth+aimless+and+uncalculating+to+meet+and+greet+unknown+fate+A+fine+example+was+the+Prodigal+Son+when+he+started+back+home%22&pg=PA151#v=onepage
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