'Is that more difficult than to strike new paths, fighting the habitual, experiencing the insecurity of independence and the frequent waverings of one's feelings and even one's conscience, proceeding often without any consolation, but ever with the eternal goal of the true, the beautiful, and the good? Is it decisive after all that we arrive at the view of God, world and reconciliation which makes us most comfortable? Rather, is not the result of his inquiries something wholly indifferent to the true inquirer? Do we after all seek rest, peace, and pleasure in our inquiries? No, only truth -- even if it be the most abhorrent and ugly.... Here the ways of man part: if you wish to strive for peace of soul and pleasure, then believe; if you wish to be a devotee of truth, then inquire.'
For the new year: Read lots, wear little.