“We have been born once and there can be no second birth. For all eternity we shall no longer be. But you, although you are not master of tomorrow, are postponing your happiness.” — Epicurus
This is the quotation that kicked off my investigation of epicureanism. These words — two thousand years old! — resonated so deeply with me when I first read them. I — you — are not master of tomorrow.
This is the time we are given; there is no other time.
Carpe diem! Do not postpone that which will bring you joy, for you cannot be certain of tomorrow. We must “make hay while the sun shines,” to use another idiom.