We should cultivate our garden

“I also know,” said Candide, “that we should cultivate our garden.” “You are right,” said Pangloss, “for, when man was placed in the Garden of Eden, he was placed there ut operaretur eum, to dress it and to keep it; which proves that man was not born for idleness.” “Let us work without theorizing,” said Martin, “’tis the only way to make life endurable.”

Voltaire, Candide, translated by Richard Aldington

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