"Tell me not in mournful numbers, that life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, and things are not what they seem.
Life is real! Life is earnest! And the grave is not it's goal; dust thou art, to dust returnest, was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow, is our destined end or way; but to act, that each tomorrow finds us farther than today."
"...Let us then be up and doing, with heart for any fate; still achieving, still pursuing, learn to labor and to wait."
(Excerpts from "A Psalm of Life," by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807-1882; the complete text is subject to Public Domain in the United States.)