Tuesday, January 30, 2018


Human Nature and the Human Condition

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527), On Ambition 55-57 (tr. Allan Gilbert):
Oh human spirit insatiable, arrogant,
crafty, and shifting, and above all else
malignant, iniquitous, violent, and savage...

O mente umana insaziabil, altera,
subdola e varia, e sopra ogni altra cosa
maligna, iniqua, impetuosa e fera...
Id., 157-159:
Wherever you turn your eyes, you see
the earth wet with tears and blood,
and the air full of screams, of sobs, and sighs.

Dovunche gli occhi tu rivolti, miri
di lacrime la terra e sangue pregna
e l'aria d'urla, singulti e sospiri.

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