What is life? A frenzy. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a fiction. And the greatest good is trivial; for all life is a dream and all dreams are dreams.
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- A good action is never lost; it is a treasure laid up and guarded for the doer’s need.
- One may know how to gain a victory, and know not how to use it.
- What law, what reason can deny that gift so sweet, so natural that God has given a stream, a fish, a beast, a bird?
- These flowers, which were splendid and sprightly, waking in the dawn of the morning, in the evening will be a pitiful frivolity, sleeping in the cold night’s arms.
- This life of separateness may be compared to a dream, a phantasm, a bubble, a shadow, a drop of dew, a flash of lightning.
- Life is a means of extracting fiction.