I am delighted to have you play football. i believe in rough, manly sports. but i do not believe in them if they degenerate into the sole end of any one's existence. i don't want you to sacrifice standing well in your studies to any over-athleticism; and i need not tell you that character counts for a great deal more than either intellect or body in winning success in life. athletic proficiency is a mighty good servant, and like so many other good servants, a mighty bad master.
The diversion of baiting an author has the sanction of all ages and nations, and is more lawful than the sport of teasing other animals, because, for the most part, he comes voluntarily to the stake, furnished, as he imagines, by the patron powers of literature, with resistless weapons, and impenetrable armour, with the mail of the boar of erymanth, and the paws of the lion of nemea.
Maybe if i'd agreed to do the debutante thing like she wanted. Or taken up pageants instead of riding jump bikes with a bunch of grungy boys. I'd always tell her, why can't i do both? Who says you have to be either smart or pretty, or into girly stuff or sports? Life shouldn't be about the either/or. We're capable of more than that, you know?
The second best thing about space travel is that the distances involved make war very difficult, usually impractical, and almost always unnecessary. this is probably a loss for most people, since war is our race's most popular diversion, one which gives purpose and color to dull and stupid lives. but it is a great boon to the intelligent man who fights only when he must-never for sport.
Sport is the bloom and glow of a perfect health. The great will not condescend to take anything seriously; all must be as gay as the song of a canary, though it were the building of cities, or the eradication of old and foolish churches and nations, which have cumbered the earth long thousands of years.