The time allotted to you is so short that if you lose one second, you have already lost your whole life, for it is no longer, it is always just as long as the time you lose. So if you have started out on a walk, continue it whatever happens, you can only gain, you run no risk. In the end you may fall over a precipice perhaps, but had you turned back after the first steps and run downstairs you would have fallen at once - and not perhaps, but for certain. So if you find nothing in the corridors, open the doors, and if you find nothing behind these doors, there are more floors, and if you find nothing up there, don't worry, just leap up another flight of stairs. As long as you don't stop climbing, the stairs wont end, under your climbing feet they will go on growing upwards.
Franz Kafka 'The Advocates'
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