A cheery thought from Sophocles

μὴ φῦναι τὸν ἅπαντα νικᾷ λόγον: τὸ δ᾽, ἐπεὶ φανῇ,
βῆναι κεῖθεν ὅθεν περ ἥκει,
πολὺ δεύτερον, ὡς τάχιστα.

Never to have lived is best, ancient writers say:
Never to have drawn the breath of life, never
to have looked into the eye of day;
The second best’s a gay goodnight and quickly turn away.

Sophocles Oedipus at Colonus 1225
Translated by W.B. Yeats

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2 Responses to A cheery thought from Sophocles

  1. I can see why he was so popular…


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