The only good thing remaining in your world is the memory of what it was in my day, and before : so that I am far from chiding you for spending your life, as far as possible, in our society, by rehearsing the memorials which remain of us, and which enable you, even in your day, to employ your time humanly, in the study of wisdom. I did that, too, with intense zeal ; but the earth was then propitious, and my soul was mighty, and every other art and virtue was open to me, as well as the wisdom of the ancients.
Life is not a book to read twice : and you cannot exchange the volume fortune puts in your hand for another on a nobler theme or by a better poet. In reading it you should not look ahead, or you will skip too much.
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