And you’re great when you say to your friend: “I thank my fate that I’ve been able to live my life free from filth and greed… that I’ve been able to preserve, in all its freedom and purity, my feeling for the springtime and its gentle breezes… that I’ve taken no part in the gossip of malicious neighbors… that I haven’t lost my bearings in troubled times, and that my life has had meaning and continuity. For I have always hearkened to the gentle voice within me that said, ‘Only one thing matters: live a good, happy life. Do your heart’s bidding, even when it leads you on paths that timid souls would avoid. Even when life is a torment, don’t let it harden you.’ ”
Reich, Wilhelm. Listen, Little Man! New York: The Noonday Press, 1974. 125–127. Print.