Quotes I've pondering

"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!