Life is a shipwreck, but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats.
The most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people. No other sure foundation can be devised, for the preservation of freedom and happiness.
Thomas Jefferson, letter to George Wythe, August, 1786
There cannot be true self-esteem without self-worth, and self-worth has to be earned. Nor is there real happiness outside of a life well lived, of which happiness is the by-product.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.