When the heavenly gods created human beings, they kept everlasting life for themselves and gave us death. So, Gilgamesh, accept your fate. Each day, wash your head, bathe your body, and wear clothes that are sparkling fresh. Fill your stomach with tasty food. Play, sing, dance and be happy both day and night. Delight in the pleasures that your wife brings you, and cherish the little child that holds your hand. Make every day of your life a feast for rejoicing! This is the task that the gods have set before all human beings. This is the life you should seek, for this is the best life a mortal can hope to achieve.
- Fishwife Sidur to Gilgamesh as parting words, “The Epic of Gilgamesh”