Thursday, August 02, 2018


The Manner of Our Death

Euripides, Helen 814 (tr. David Kovacs):
Yes, better to die doing than not doing.

δρῶντας γὰρ ἢ μὴ δρῶντας ἥδιον θανεῖν.
Id. 841:
How then shall we die so as to win glory?

πῶς οὖν θανούμεθ᾿ ὥστε καὶ δόξαν λαβεῖν;
Cf. Albert Camus, The Rebel, tr. Anthony Bower (New York: Vintage Books, 1956):
Better to die on one's feet than to live on one's knees.

Plutôt mourir debout que de vivre à genoux.

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