"Many of us leave home convinced we are going to conquer the world. We are anxious to shuck off the restraints of family and traditions, to cut our own swath and make our own rules. We know we can do it better, make it faster and see it all. Somewhere along the way we learn we did not know quite as much as we thought. Our ideas were not as new as we took them to be. Suddenly the ‘quaint’ homespun wisdom that once was rejected takes on new life. The first trip home after such an awakening is a return to reality."
"We get bored with being children, are in a rush to grow up, and then long to be children again. We lose our health to make money and then lose our money to restore our health. By thinking anxiously about the future, we forget the present, such that we live neither for the present nor the future. We live as if we will never die, and we die as if we had never lived."