THE VANITY OF EARTHLY THINGS.
“We are not sent into the world to amuse ourselves, but, on the contrary, to suffer patiently and piously the pains of this exile, making use of them to win a happy and holy eternity. O! how sweet is a blessed eternity! What does it matter whether we are happy or unhappy on this miserable earth, so full of sadness!
But what a wretched fate awaits those who, on earth, seek only pleasure and gratification! It makes little difference whether they find it or not. The little time these children of misfortune have to spend here will soon be passed; and afterwards it is a question of heaven or hell. Do not set your affections, then, on the passing honours, riches, pleasures, and luxuries of this world.
Choose for yourself the only lasting happiness; reject the false happiness which is only a dream.”
– V. P. Liebermann