Tuesday, September 07, 2004


Eat, Drink, and Be Merry

Euripides, Alcestis 782-789 (tr. Moses Hadas and John McLean):
All men have to pay the debt of death, and there is not a mortal who knows whether he is going to be alive on the morrow. The outcome of things that depend on fortune cannot be foreseen; they can neither be learnt nor discovered by any art. Hearken to this and learn of me, cheer up, drink, reckon the days yours as you live them; the rest belongs to fortune.

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