1 No, no; anyway the underground life is more advantageous.
2 You thirst for life and try to settle the problems of life by a logical tangle.
3 My life was even then gloomy, ill-regulated, and as solitary as that of a savage.
4 I knew a gentleman who prided himself all his life on being a connoisseur of Lafitte.
5 I invented adventures for myself and made up a life, so as at least to live in some way.
6 Possibly, I even regret, myself, that I have given so few slaps in the face during my life.
7 All my life I have had an impulse to play such pranks, so that in the end I could not control it in myself.
8 And although our life, in this manifestation of it, is often worthless, yet it is life and not simply extracting square roots.
9 For that one could not blame even the laws of nature, though the laws of nature have continually all my life offended me more than anything.
10 Oh, gentlemen, do you know, perhaps I consider myself an intelligent man, only because all my life I have been able neither to begin nor to finish anything.
11 Consequently we have only to discover these laws of nature, and man will no longer have to answer for his actions and life will become exceedingly easy for him.
12 I knew that they had been swarming in me all my life and craving some outlet from me, but I would not let them, would not let them, purposely would not let them come out.
13 Granted that man does nothing but seek that mathematical certainty, he traverses oceans, sacrifices his life in the quest, but to succeed, really to find it, dreads, I assure you.
14 Here I, for instance, quite naturally want to live, in order to satisfy all my capacities for life, and not simply my capacity for reasoning, that is, not simply one twentieth of my capacity for life.
15 Now, I am living out my life in my corner, taunting myself with the spiteful and useless consolation that an intelligent man cannot become anything seriously, and it is only the fool who becomes anything.
16 You see, gentlemen, reason is an excellent thing, there's no disputing that, but reason is nothing but reason and satisfies only the rational side of man's nature, while will is a manifestation of the whole life, that is, of the whole human life including reason and all the impulses.
17 "Possibly," you will add on your own account with a grin, "people will not understand it either who have never received a slap in the face," and in that way you will politely hint to me that I, too, perhaps, have had the experience of a slap in the face in my life, and so I speak as one who knows.
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