A favorite quotation of mine is the thought expressed by Disraeli, “Life is too short to be little”.
It can help through many a painful experience. Often, we allow ourselves to be upset by small things we should “let go of” and forget. Perhaps some man we helped has proved ungrateful, some woman we believed to be a friend has spoken ill of us, or some reward we thought we deserved has been denied us. We feel such disappointments so strongly that we have trouble working or sleeping. But isn’t that absurd? Here we are on this earth with only a few more decades to live; and we lose many irreplaceable hours brooding over grievance that in a short time will be forgotten by us and by everybody.
Let us devote our life to worthwhile actions and feelings, to great thoughts, real affections, and enduring undertakings. For life is too short to be little.
With much affection,