On speaking of death

It is best to not speak of death in so frivolous a manner; for if you do, and death by bad luck comes upon someone you love, or even yourself, then you will come to bear a crushing regret. You will be convinced that had you perhaps not chosen to smite death, that cunning creature, you or your loved one might have carried on living. On the contrary, if you do not smite death, tempt it, and still it comes, then you have only to concede it as a matter of pure misfortune. The judicious laws of nature have decreed it so. In such a way, there is far less room for regret.

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