The aim of life is some way of living,
as flexible and gentle as human nature;
so that ambition may stoop to kindness,
and philosophy to candor and humor.
Neither prosperity nor empire nor heaven
can be worth winning at the price of a virulent temper,
bloody hands, an anguished spirit,
and a vain hatred of the rest of the world.
(George Santayana, Spanish born American Educator and Philosopher, 1863-1952)