Chris Chan, Harry Potter fanatic, fanboy extreme. Play Quidditch. Star Wars, LOTR, TV, whatever. Whether vice or virtue, I'm passionate to the bone.

 

Vitam quae faciant beatiorem,
Iucundissime Martialis, haec sunt:
Res non parta labore, sed relicta;
Non ingratus ager, focus perennis;
Lis numquam, toga rara, mens quieta;                            5
Vires ingenuae, salubre corpus;
Prudens simplicitas, pares amici;
Convictus facilis, sine arte mensa;
Nox non ebria, sed soluta curis;
Non tristis torus, et tamen pudicus;                            10
Somnus, qui faciat breves tenebras:
Quod sis, esse velis nihilque malis;
Summum nec metuas diem nec optes.

-Martial, X.XLVII

These are the things that make
a happy life, pleasant Martial:
property not born of labor, but inherited,
a not ungrateful field, an eternal hearth,
never a quarrel, rarely a toga, a quiet mind,
natural strength, a healthy body,
a wise simplicity, friends among equals,
a good natured banquet, without a crowded table,
a night not debauched yet free of cares,
a bed not gloomy, and yet chaste,
sleep, as makes the shadows brief,
so that you neither want nor prefer to be nothing,
and you neither fear nor hope for the final day.

 

It’s remarkable. After what we’ve been through it would be very easy to give up, to lose hope. But not here. Not today. This is more than a ship, Chief. This is an act of faith. It is proof that despite all we’ve lost we keep trying. And we will get through this, all of us, together. I promise. 

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