02 October 2012

Fate: An Encouraging Thought

Frodo: "I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened."

Gandalf: "So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”


Mister Deutsch said...

Optimism is for cowards, pessimism is for Christians; reality is for pagans.

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Herr Gehlen said...

Accepting one's time and conditions is much needed. We cannot wish to change when or where we were born. But I do hold out some hope for the future.

Mine is a most peaceable disposition. My wishes are: a humble cottage with a thatched roof, but a good bed, good food, the freshest milk and butter, flowers before my window and a few fine trees before my door. And if God wants to make my happiness complete, he will grant me the joy of seeing some six or seven of my enemies hanging from those trees.

- Heine

Tabitha said...

Gandalf has clearly boned up on his Seneca. I've always thought the stoics were a great comfort in times of hardship.