I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something. A span of life is nothing. But the man who lives that span, he is something. he can fill that tiny span with meaning,so its quality is immeasurable though its quantity may be insignificant...A man must fill his life with meaning, meaning is not automatically given to life. It is hard work to fill ones' life with meaning...A life filled with meaning is worthy of rest. I want to be worthy of rest when I am no longer here."
-The Chosen, by Chaim Potok