Movement is life. Running teaches us to love life. Running is a joy. Stopping is sadness and death. But you needn't be afraid of death, after running seven kilometers and stopping, you'll understand what I'm talking about.
In order to resist a temptation, it's not necessary to have great will power as many people think. It only takes sensibility and understanding towards the fact that a temptation is a worm on the hook. And if you try to swallow it, your life may never be happy again.
Having analyzed my life, I sadly realized that no person has ever been the cause of my problems. Not a single living being has ever done anything harmful to me. The only source of my suffering has always been my own self. All my enemies hurt me only because I made them do it. And I was troubled just because I ignored my problems. Even an eventuality called a worse fate befell me only because I deserved it. Every time a brick falls on my head, it means I've been walking on the construction site without a helmet for too long. Why did I do that? -I don't know. There is no excuse for me.
But now I can say for sure: «Everyone is the only reason of all his own problems».
A book is a cure that either kills pain or cures a disease. A book can cure low spirits and give answers to many questions. A book is a source of Consolation and Use. And consolation often deals with beauty and joy.
There are people who I call "messengers of destiny". They come to do what they must do and then leave for other places under destiny's will. And we feel left and full of sadness because a good person left us. The only consolation is that some new messenger will soon come again.
What does it mean to gain time? Montaigne spent 20 years writing his Essays and I read them in one month. I realized and put to good use some 20% of what I had read. Thus, my gain was about 4 years. The more you read, the more you gain time. Time is money. In three years of reading, I managed to gain some 100 years net and, taking the synergistic effect into consideration, some 1,000 years.
There is no death, death is only the exhaustion of life. You've wasted all your time. Question-on what? What have you done besides lie, sleep, enjoy, eat, defecate and copulate? Are you sad that you won't be able to have fun anymore?
Work and pray. Work and prayers are joyful. Long years of joy will pass when sorrow comes and you reach your goal. And then, when your love dies, you will cry for 6 days, and on the seventh day your tears will dry up and a new love will be born, and you will go on to work and pray day by day, rejoicing in each new day of your life.
That said, vanity of vanities all is vanity. The point is that only a fool grieves or rejoices in vanity... Only a fool is angry and angry at vanity. The fool does not know that everything repeats in a circle, and this circle is life, and the only way out of this circle is death. What is the fool angry at? - For life? That wish is stupid? - Death?
To comprehend wisdom, I have known stupidity, I have known falsehood, I have known madness, I have known the structure of the world... Everything I learned, and just knowing all I have learned wisdom. But lied to Solomon, no knowledge of sorrow. Truth is joyful, because truth is God, and God is beauty.
It was only when I had learned all that I could say that I knew nothing. Knowledge is nothing, that is the purpose of knowledge. The purpose of knowledge is to come to the very beginning, where there was nothing but a lonely sad God whose only love was beauty.