17 August 2011


When I was very young, I forgot in the Trophonean cave how to laugh; when I became an adult, when I opened my eyes and saw actuality, then I started to laugh and have never stopped laughing since that time.  I saw that the meaning of life was to make a living, its goal was to become a lawyer, that the rich delight of love was to acquire a well-to-do girl, that the blessedness of friendship was to help each other out in financial difficulties, that wisdom was whatever the majority assumed it to be, that enthusiasm was to give a speech, that courage was to risk being fined ten dollars, that cordiality was to say "May it do you good" after a meal, that piety was to go to communion once a year.  This I saw, and I laughed.