“But reason is only reason and satisfies only man’s reasoning capacity, while wanting is a manifestation of the whole of life . . . and though our life in this manifestation often turns out to be a bit of trash, still it is life and not just the extraction of a square root.
… man is predominately a creating animal, doomed to strive consciously towards a goal and to occupy himself with the art of engineering — that is, to eternally and ceaselessly make a road for himself that goes somewhere or other.
… but man is a frivolous and unseemly being, and perhaps, similar to a chess player, likes only the process of achieving the goal, but not the goal itself. And who knows, perhaps the whole goal mankind strives for on earth consists just in this ceaselessness of the process of achievement alone, that is to say, in life itself, and not essentially in the goal, which, of course, is bound to be nothing other than two times two is four — that is, a formula; and two times two is four is no longer life, gentlemen, but the beginning of death.” –Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground