My dear,

Resign yourself to the lifelong sadness that comes from never ­being satisfied.

But also resign yourself to the lifelong momentary flashes of happiness that arrive in the seconds between after having completed a journey and before pursuing a new one.

For while we, the never satisfied, are lifelong grievers, the rest are lifelong settlers. For while we aim high and constantly fall short, they aim low, and lower, and are constantly satisfied with themselves for having hit such low hanging fruit.

Which is the worse?

Falsely yours,
Zadie Smith