Thursday, May 27, 2004


Live Unknown

Epicurus, fragment 551 Usener:
Live unknown.
Euripides, Iphigenia at Aulis, 17:
I envy thee, old man, aye, and every man who leads a life secure, unknown and unrenowned.
Horace, Epistulae, 1.17.10:
Nor did he live badly who escaped notice when he was born and when he died. (nec vixit male qui natus moriensque fefellit.)
Ovid, Tristia 3.4.25:
He who hid well, lived well. (bene qui latuit bene vixit.)
S. Kierkegaard, The Last Years: Journals 1853-1855, tr. R.G. Smith (New York: Harper & Row, 1965), p. 304:
Not to be recognized is my passion.

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