Describes how the author journeyed to Greece with a suitcase full of philosophy books in order to learn how to achieve a fulfilling old age, explaining how he came to regard old age as a life stage filled with simple and heady pleasures.
He is sitting at a wooden table at the far rim of the terrace of Dimitri's taverna in the village of Kamini on the Greek island Hydra.
Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance - Epicurus
It is not the young man who should be considered fortunate but the old man who has lived well, because the young man in his prime wanders much by chance, vacillating in his beliefs, while the old man has docked in the harbor, having safeguarded his true happiness. - Epicurus
In every real man a child is hidden who wants to play. - Friedrich Nietzsche
Memory is the mother of all wisdom. - Aeschylus
Man is condemned to be free; because once thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does. - Jean-Paul Sartre