It was the best of times, it was the worst of times; it was the age of wisdom,
it was the age of foolishness; it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of
incredulity; it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness; it was
the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair; we had everything before us,
we had nothing before us; we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going
direct the other way.
Excerpt from A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens