Thursday, September 30, 2010

Your Thing to Ponder (Whenever a Horse Stumbles)

"To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness; let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death. At every instant, let us evoke it in our imagination under all its aspects. Whenever a horse stumbles, a tile falls, or a pin pricks however slightly, let us at once chew over this thought: 'Supposing that was death itself?' With that, let us brace ourselves and make an effort. 

"We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere. To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave. Knowing how to die gives us freedom from subjection and constraint. Life has no evil for him who has thoroughly understood that loss of life is not an evil.

"Life itself is neither a good nor an evil: life is where good or evil find a place, depending on how you make it for them. 

"If you have lived one day, you have seen everything. One day equals all days. There is no other light, no other night." - Michel de Montaigne 

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