I have run up and down upon the earth:
I grasped life’s pleasures roughly, by the hair,
exploiting everything I thought of worth.
What I delighted in, I seized,
relinquishing what no longer pleased,
storming through life – at first. With age, indeed,
I go more cautiously, and pay more heed.
I know enough of the world, enough of men,
to know that what’s beyond’s beyond our ken.
Why need Man bother with such mysteries?
What he experiences is what he is.
~ Faust, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe