"Interior with a Man at Breakfast Table"
Oil on Canvas - 1944
There is a great deal of very vile nonsense talked upon both sides of the matter [of a man's life]; tearing divines reducing life to the dimensions of a mere funeral procession, so short as to be hardly decent; and melancholy unbelievers yearning for the tomb as if it were a world too far away. Both sides must feel a little ashamed of their performances now and again when they draw in their chairs to dinner. Indeed, a good meal and a bottle of wine is an answer to most standard works upon the question. When a man’s heart warms to his viands, he forgets a great deal of sophistry.
--Robert Louis Stevenson, "Aes Triplex"