Lastly, in a sense this is a religious course: I am preaching the message that, with apparently only one life to live on this earth, you ought to try to make significant contributions to humanity rather than just get along through life comfortably—that the life of trying to achieve excellence in some area is in itself a worthy goal for your life.

The Art of Doing Science and Engineering: Learning to Learn
from Richard W. Hamming and Bret Victor đź“•