'Life is an endless problem solving exercise where you try to solve problems both major and minor while experiencing major and minor gains and losses that end with the greatest loss possible.'
Bad company is as instructive as licentiousness. One makes up for the loss of one's innocence with the loss of one's prejudices.
(Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher, encyclopedist, dramatist, novelist, art critic. First published in French retranslation from Goethe's German translation (1821). Rameau's Nephew (Le Neveu de Rameau), p. 90, Paris, Garnier Flammarion (1983).
Dialogue between Me (alias Diderot) and Him (nephew of composer). Him is making this statement.)