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    not just a reason to make the most of things - but The Reason

    In the following paragraph, could you please explain the underlined expression?

    "Until David was in my arms, I'd felt trapped - but as soon as I saw him, I was free. He was magnificent - not just a reason to make the most of things - but The Reason. All it took was one moment with him snuggled against my breast and everything about my life made sense again."
    (David is a newborn baby)

    Source: A Mother's Confession, by Kelly Rimmer

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    Re: not just a reason to make the most of things - but The Reason

    Not just a reason but the only or main reason.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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