Friday, January 09, 2009

Night train to Lisbon - On impulses

Most of my life has been closely intertwined with this Gymnasium, and I am sure I will miss it. But now, something is driving me away from it and it could well be that this movement is final. You and I are both admirers of Marcus Aurelius, and you will still remember this passage in his Meditations: "Do wrong to thyself, do wrong to thyself, my soul; but later thou wilt no longer have the opportunity of respecting and honoring thyself. For every man has but one life. But yours is nearly finished, though in it you had no regard for yourself but placed thy felicity in the souls of others... But those who do not observe the impulses of their own minds must of necessity be unhappy."
Pascal Mercier

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