something in common

“My father, a wise and grave man, gave me serious and excellent counsel against what he foresaw was my design…He asked me what reasons, more than a mere wandering inclination, I had for leaving my father’s house and my native country, where I might be well introduced, and had a prospect of raising my fortune by application and industry, with a life of ease and pleasure. He told me it was only men of desperate fortunes on the one hand, or of aspiring superior fortunes on the other, who went abroad upon adventures, to rise by enterprise, and make themselves famous in undertakings of a nature out of the common road…”

-Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

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