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I know you can't wash in the same river even once I know the river will bring new lights that you will not see I know we live slightly longer than a horse and not nearly as long as a crow I know this has troubled people before and will trouble those after me I know all this has been said a thousand times before and will be said after me I didn't know I like the sky cloudy or clear the blue vault that Andrei watched on his back on the battlefield at Borodino...
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On Living Living is no laughing matter: You must take it seriously. So much so and to such a degree that, for example, your hands tied behind your back, your back to the wall or else in a laboratory in your white coat and safety glasses, you can die for people - even for people whose faces you've never seen, even though you know living is the most real, most beautiful thing. I mean, you must take living so seriously that even at seventy, for example, you'll plant olive trees - and not for your children, either, but because, although you fear death you don't believe it, because living, I mean, weighs heavier.
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