LETTER:Inspiration to achievement

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From Ms Hannah Schaler

Sir: While one can admire the Tibetan sentiment, "It is better to have lived one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep" (report, 18 August), there is perhaps also something to be said for Ecclesiastes 9: 4-6:

But he who is joined with all the living has hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion. For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward; but the memory of them is lost. Their love and their hate and their envy have already perished, and they have no more for ever any share in all that is done under the sun.

Yours sincerely,

Hannah Schaler

Twickenham, Middlesex

21 August