Archipelago

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“… What about the main thing in life, all its riddles?

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If you want, I’ll spell it out for you right now.

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Do not pursue what is illusionary – property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade, and is confiscated in one fell night.

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Live with a steady superiority over life -don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn for happiness; it is, after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.

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It is enough if you don’t freeze in the cold and if thirst and hunger don’t claw at your insides.

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If your back isn’t broken, if your feet can walk, if both arms can bend, if both eyes can see, if both ears hear, then whom should you envy?

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And why?

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Our envy of others devours us most of all.

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Rub your eyes and purify your heart -and prize above all else in the world those who love you and who wish you well.

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Do not hurt them or scold them, and never part from any of them in anger;

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after all, you simply do not know: it may be your last act before your arrest, and that will be how you are imprinted on their memory.”

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, The Gulag Archipelago 1918-1956.

 

 

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