Serious Thoughts

Standing, as man stands, with the thunders of evil fate suspended over him, bound on every side by the cords of temptation; and uncertainty sweeping like a dark cloud before his path,--is it for him, if his understanding is strong enough to appreciate this condition--to acknowledge his melancholy lot by unseasonable mirth? A sober firmness on his brow, and purity at his side, is the best armor he can gird on.

-- Ralph Waldo Emerson