To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism—this is the art of living.Jean De La Fontaine
The Old Oaken Bucket (1817)
- How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood,
When fond recollection presents them to view.
- Then soon with the emblem of truth overflowing,
And dripping with coolness, it rose from the well.
- The old oaken bucket, the iron-bound bucket,
The moss-covered bucket, which hung in the well.