Quick Quotes 23: Antiquote William Osler
We are here to add what we can to life, not to get what we can from life.
-- William Osler
Osler doesn't know why we're here and anyone's contributions and improvements to the world are ultimately relative. Life is all about the person experiencing it no matter how altruistic they may be. I'd change this quote to: We're not here to add to life but to live it. The best way to get the most from life is by using our life to help others.
A poem by Mary Oliver:
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting --
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.