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This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, dedicatory, Man and Superman

Nothing contributes so much to tranquillize the mind as a steady purpose--a point on which the soul may fix its intellectual eye.

MARY SHELLEY, Frankenstein

The only way to get somewhere, you know, is to figure out where you're going before you go there.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit, Run