A private Life is to be preferred; the Honor and Gain of publick Posts, bearing no proportion with the Comfort of it
~ William Penn (October 14, 1644 - July 30, 1718)
For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin - real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, or a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.