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