"At the approach of danger there are always two voices that speak with equal force in the heart of man: one very reasonably tells the man to consider the nature of the danger and the means of avoiding it; the other, even more reasonable, says that it is too painful and harassing to think of the danger, since it is not a man's power to provide for everything and escape from the general march of events; and that it is therefore better to turn aside from the painful subject till it has come, and to think of what is pleasant. In solitude a man generally yields to the first voice; in society to the second."
- Leo Tolstoy, "War and Peace"
"All our mortal lives are set in danger and perplexity: one day to prosper,
and the next - who knows? When all is well, then look for rocks ahead."
- Sophoclese, "Philoctetes"
A little light reading from Tolstoy... ;-)
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