April 4, 2020

We must cling tooth and claw to the use of the pleasures of this life which the advancing years, one after another, rip from our grasp.



—Michel de Montaigne
  French writer (1533-1592)


Source: “On Solitude” in The Complete Essays,
transl. by M. A. Screech (buy from Amazon)





The Boston Globe’s editors and I agreed in December 2015 that Reflection for the Day will no longer appear in the newspaper, ending a 32-year run since the feature was launched by visionary Boston Globe editor Tom Winship. I will continue to publish the Reflections on this website every day, including most Sundays, into 2016 and beyond. To my many regular print readers through the years I extend deep gratitude and warm wishes for the New Year. —Tom Fitzpatrick