Derived from a quote in the John Steinbeck novel, East of Eden: & seems to me that if you and I were to choose between to courses of thought or action, we should remember our dying and try so to live that our death brings no pleasure to the world.
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck. Come to think of it.anything by Steinbeck. One can always learn more about writing by rereading Steinbeck. Even after teaching this one about 50 times, I still love it.