To be what we are, and to become what we are capable of becoming, is the only end of life.
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- For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move; to feel the needs and hitches of our life more nearly; to come down off this feather-bed of civilization, and find the globe granite underfoot and strewn with cutting flints.
- Anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall. Anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. Anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, until the sun goes down. And this is all that life really means.
- I have done my fiddling so long under Vesuvius that I have almost forgotten to play, and can only wait for the eruption and think it long of coming. Literally no man has more wholly outlived life than I. And still it’s good fun.
- To be wholly devoted to some intellectual exercise is to have succeeded in life.
- An aim in life is the only fortune worth finding.
- Books are good enough in their own way, but they are a mighty bloodless substitute for life.