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Image description: Eric Epstein, a white young man with short brown hair, wearing a dark button-up shirt extending to the elbows. The background is white. He is signing “UP-TO-ME.”
“Perseverance” by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
We must not hope to be mowers,
And to gather the ripe gold ears,
Unless we have first been sowers
And watered the furrows with tears.
It is not just as we take it,
This mystical world of ours,
Life’s field will yield as we make it
A harvest of thorns or of flowers.