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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 9, Issue 5 (August 1, 1934)

To-day's the Day!

To-day's the Day!

But the Great have always lived with it rather than by it. They have cultivated it rather than captivated it. They have treated it rather as a star boarder than a life tenant.

But none sought fame; it found them. Fame is a posthumous pronouncement and as such, is of less value for raising a loan than a conscience.

Fame? What is Fame but a name?
It can't be a gift, for a gift is received
By someone—unless by the word we're deceived.
For Fame seldom comes 'til the famous are dead—
Their fame takes their place when their egos are sped;
And so, proving Fortune a mischievous dame,
The famous themselves seldom sample their fame.
But what does it matter to them when they're dead?
In life they would rather have jam on their bread.

And so, methinks, it is better to laugh and to live, and let the dead dust of what might be, float forward into the limbo of Posterity. To-day is to-day but tomorrow might never come—and where will all the post-dated great of to-day be then? 'Tis better to make sure of happiness to-day than to gamble on greatness to-morrow.