«Death is the mother of beauty», said Henry.
«And what is beauty?»
«And if beauty is terror», said Julian, «then what is desire? We think we have many desires, but in fact we have only one. What is it?»
«To live», said Camilla.
«To live forever», said Bunny.
The secret History, Donna Tartt
We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.