Alec Nevala-Lee

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“Let us play…”

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Will Durant

Happiness is the free play of the instincts, and so is youth. For the majority of us it is the only period of life in which we live; most men of forty are but a reminiscence, the burnt-out ashes of what was once a flame. The tragedy of life is that it gives us wisdom only when it has stolen youth. Si jeunesse savait, et vieillesse pouvait—”If youth knew how, and old age could!”

Health lies in action, and so it graces youth. To be busy is the secret of grace, and half the secret of content. Let us ask the gods not for possessions, but for things to do; happiness is in making things rather than in consuming them. In Utopia, said Thoreau, each would build his own home; and then song would come back to the heart of man, as it comes to the bird when it builds its nest. If we cannot build our homes, we can at least walk and throw and run; and we should never be so old as merely to watch games instead of playing them. Let us play is as good as Let us pray, and the results are more assured.

Will Durant, Fallen Leaves

Written by nevalalee

November 26, 2015 at 7:30 am

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  1. Beautiful and so very true. As we grow older we tend to forget the simple things in life and as a result find our definition of happiness redefined. Often int he worst ways, to where none of us really come to really understand or find happiness again in the same manner in which we had it in our youth. It’s amazing how the simplest of things such as a walk to the park, a hug from a loved one, or the like end up so quickly replaced by having to have the perfect job, a nice car, and a lovely home. The innocence of childhood should be cherished and sought to be maintained somewhere deep in our hearts.

    burresor

    November 26, 2015 at 12:46 pm


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