Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I will enjoy the present, and the past shall be for me the past

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I will no longer, as has ever been my habit, continue to ruminate on every petty vexation which fortune may dispense; I will enjoy the present, and the past shall be for me the past. No doubt you are right, my best of friends, there would be far less suffering amongst mankind, if men—and God knows why they are so fashioned—did not employ their imaginations so assiduously in recalling the memory of past sorrow, instead of bearing their present lot with equanimity.

~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, 1774

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