Saturday, November 29, 2008

A quote worth discussing over Thanksgiving

I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.

Leo Rosten 1908-1997


I'd never heard of Leo till I came across this quote recently in one of my rare web-surfings (who has so much time?). Turns out he was a Russian teacher, academic and humorist who lived and died in New York City. His other interesting quotes are:

"Truth is stranger than fiction; fiction has to make sense,"

"We see things as we are, not as they are"

Maybe I'll find time to read his works.

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