“Be glad of life,
because it gives you the chance to love and to work
and to play and to look up at the stars;
to be satisfied with your possessions;
to despise nothing in the world except
falsehood and meanness,
and to fear nothing except cowardice;
to be governed by your admiration
rather than your disgusts;
to covet nothing that is your neighbor’s except
his kindness of heart and gentleness of manners;
to think seldom of your enemies, often of your friends..
and to spend as much time as you can,
with body and with spirit.
These are little guideposts on the footpath to peace.”
–Henry Van Dyke