The struggle for time.

 

How rapidly we pass our time on this earth!…The first quarter of life flows away before we know what to do with it, and the last quarter after we have ceased to enjoy it. At first we don’t know how to live, soon we’re no longer able to, and in the space that separates these two useless extremes, three-quarters of our time is consumed by sleep, labor, pain, constraint, and distress of every kind. Life is short, not so much because it lasts such a short time as because we have almost none of that time to enjoy it.

Rousseau, in Émile.

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