Celebrate the Solid Satisfactions of Such a Life

Celebrate the Solid Satisfactions of Such a Life
To find one’s work in the world and do it honorably, to keep one’s record clean so that nothing clandestine, furtive, surreptitious can ever leap out upon one from ambush and spoil one’s life, to be able, therefore, unafraid to look the world in the face, to live honorably also with one’s own soul because one keeps there no secret place like the bloody closet in Bluebeard’s palace where the dead things hang, to walk life’s journey unhaunted by the ghosts of people from whose ruin one has stolen pleasure, and so at last to be a gentleman, one, that is, who puts a little more into life than one takes out—gather up the significance of such character, forty years old, sixty years old, eighty years old—one may well celebrate the solid satisfactions of such a life.

-Harry Emerson Fosdick

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