1/28/2008

Never Heard of Laurels

The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to one's self: "The work is done." But just as one says that, the answer comes: "The race is over, but the work never is done while the power to work remains." The canter that brings you to a standstill need not be only coming to rest. It cannot be, while you still live. For to live is to function. That is all there is in living.

- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

2 comments:

peony said...

When I read the quotes you post what I hear is a great big understanding "Thank You" for a 2006 Christmas present you didn't appear to grasp for the first 30 seconds after you unwrapped it. The giver knew the heart of a philosopher. You're welcome.

Rawkstahr said...

Hahahahahaha!

Your mom is funny.

Good one, Lea. :oD

Although, in Tom's defense, that book is HUGE. At least he's opened it. And read some of it. It probably just took him some time. We all know how I feel about books that exceed 300 pages... :o)