I think the essence of wisdom is emancipation, as far as possible, from the tyranny of the here and now.
The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time.
Many a man will have the courage to die gallantly, but will not have the courage to say, or even to think, that the cause for which he is asked to die is an unworthy one.
The universe may have a purpose, but nothing we know suggests that, if so, this purpose has any similarity to ours.
I do not pretend to start with precise questions. I do not think you can start with anything precise. You have to achieve such precision as you can, as you go along.
Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.