When you start on your journey to Ithaca, then pray that the road is long, full of adventure, full of knowledge.
Always keep Ithaca fixed in your mind. To arrive there is your ultimate goal. But do not hurry the voyage at all. It is better to let it last for long years; and even to anchor at the isle when you are old, rich with all that you have gained on the way, not expecting that Ithaca will offer you riches.
Ithaca has given you the beautiful voyage. Without her you would have never taken the road. But she has nothing more to give you.
And if you find her poor, Ithaca has not defrauded you. With the great wisdom you have gained, with so much experience, you must surely have understood by then what Ithacas mean.
– C. P. Cavafy, "Ithaca" (1911), translated from the Greek by Rae Dalven