I came into the world without being asked, and when the time for dying comes I shall not be consulted; but between the boundaries of birth and death lies the dominion of choice: to be a doer or a dreamer, to be a lifter or a leaner, to speak out or remain silent, to extend a hand in friendship or to look the other way; to feel the sufferings of others or to be callous and insensitive. These are the choices; it is in the choosing that my measure as a person Is determined.
— Gertrude Houseman