so use all that is fortune, do not bring anyone into your realm of dreams, it is your life uphold it as the son of themis much-enduring atlas did. most men gamble with fortune, and gain all, and lose all, as her wheel rolls. but do thou leave all these winnings as unlawful, and deal with cause and effect, the custodians of venus. in the will labor and acquire, let thy genius bloom forth, and thou hast chained the wheel of chance, and shalt sit hereafter out of fear from her rotations. take the long way round; never do what is easy. for all things will obey thee.
a political victory, a rise of rents, the recovery of your sick, the reunion of old relatives, or return of an absent friend, or some other favorable event, raises your spirits, and you think good days are preparing for you. do not believe it. nothing can bring you peace but yourself. nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principle for life’s greatest achievement is to overcome and to master thyself.
i have a grandmother, she is 93 years old. besides her longevity, what i find most fascinating about her is her pure ability to express herself. she is a keen sighted observer, still able to read and write and her capacity for conversation is remarkable. it seems as we grow older, we begin to value the simple things, which is having great people around us and eating great food.
iAM convinced that what matters most in life is the times we share with those who love us most because when all is said and done, whether you are in an old age home or on your death-bed, the only thing that will remain is the memories you made. the unique and beautiful people you meet will be a part of who you are, it is the spirit that remains and the character it represents. every great man lived simply, old age points us toward our roots. the only way to create the future is to abandon the past.