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Sophie Hammond

Miramonte High School
“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it. You either have to laugh or cry. I prefer to laugh. Crying gives me a headache.”
― Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Now, honestly, I'd never heard of Marjorie Pay Hinckley until about five minutes ago, when I was scrolling through the quotes on Goodreads in order to find a quote for this profile page that was suitably impressive yet conveyed something about my personality. I toyed with poetic quotes by Horace and philosophic quotes by Marcus Aurelius (my favorite Roman emperor) which resonated with me, but in the end I felt that this quote by a unknown sweet old woman summarized something fundamentally true about life, or at least my outlook on it. (For, as Marcus Aurelius says, “Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” Sorry, I had to get one quote by him on here.) There are so many things about life which inspire a kind of bittersweet joy. We're here, and we're alive, and for any logical, unimaginative race that would be enough for satisfaction and some semblance of a rational society. But for humanity it's not. We're not satisfied with what we're given. We're noble and cruel and compassionate and selfish and utterly, utterly confused. We're far from perfect, but we're far from complete depravation, too. Like Marjorie Pay Hinckley, when looking at life I have to either laugh or cry. And usually, I choose to laugh.

The prompt for what we write in this profile page says that we should say what people should talk to us about. Of course, you guys could talk to me about philosophy and life. That's deep and intellectual enough for a Latin convention, right? However, we could also talk about how absolutely insane Caligula was. Or about how Hadrian's desire to cover up his embarrassing acne scars led to a new Roman fashion trend. Or about how infuriating the season finale of Sherlock was. Or about how good pizza is. Or about anything.

Great friendships spring from seemingly inane conversations. Just ask Cicero: "Omnium enim rerum principia parva sunt."
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