About seven (7) years ago, I happened upon this ancient Greek Story book that featured the original stories of Theseus, Perseus, Jason and the Argonauts, etc. I searched for the book after two years then; for I yearned to hold its thick paperback and smell it’s yellow pages once more.
But couldn’t find it. So I resorted to looking in the Internet; and found there are quite a lot of editions of the stories by different authors. However, I am interested in posting what the author said in his beginning page.
…But the noblest deeds which have been done on Earth have not been done for Money. It was not for the sake of money that the Lord came down and died, and the apostles went out to preach the good news in all lands.
Socrates the wise asked no pay from his country men, but lived barefoot and poor all his days, only caring to make men good.
Our discoverers did not go to make themselves rich when they sailed out one after another into the dreary frozen seas.
Our young men did not say to themselves "How much money shall I earn", when they went out to war, leaving all the good things of Life, to face hunger and thirst, wounds and death, that they may fight for their country.
Therefore, there is a better thing on earth than wealth, a better thing than life itself; and that is, to have done something before you die, for which good men will honour you, and God your father smile upon your work.
Such a wonderful book. If I can ever come across it again. ☺