"In life, there are conquerors and the conquered; I most prefer to be among the first." - Adolphe Sax
the opening stanza of Voltaire's LA BÉGUEULE (the Begger)
In his writings an Italian sage
says that the best is the enemy of good;
Not that we can not increase in prudence,
In goodness of soul, in talents, in science;
Let's try the best on these chapters;
Everywhere else let us avoid the chimera.
In his happy state that can please himself,
live in his place, and keep what he has!