Our task is to fabricate his answer.
Certainly, this can not be given in any straightforward manner. It must be as enigmatic as an ancient prophecy whose meaning can only be teased out with deep and inspired thought.
Such a task is beyond me, of course. But why let a detail like that get in the way?
So, from the mouth of our sage, these words:
yes life is precious
but alas not all of it
what does your heart say