that I forgot to quote this months ago, when I read it. It bears reviewing:
Ebenezer hesitated ' 'Tis a great step.'
' 'Tis a great world and a short life,' replied Burlingame. 'A pox on all steps but great ones.'
'If you'd live in the world, my friend, you must dance to some other fellow's tune or call your own and try to make the world step to't.'– John Barth, The Sot-Weed Factor