Friday, May 31, 2019


A Crap Shoot

Terence, The Brothers 739-741 (tr. John Sargeaunt):
Human life is like a game with dice; if you don't get the throw you most want, you must show your skill in making the best of the throw which you do get.

ita vitast hominum quasi quom ludas tesseris.
si illud quod maxume opus est iactu non cadit,
illud quod cecidit forte, id arte ut corrigas.
Alexis, fragment 35 (tr. W.G. Arnott):
That's what life is like; just as dice don't always fall in the same way, the same pattern doesn't last in our daily life either, it undergoes changes.

τοιοῦτο τὸ ζῆν ἐστίν· ὥσπερ οἱ κύβοι
οὐ ταὔτ' ἀεὶ πίπτουσιν, οὐδὲ τῷ βίῳ
ταὐτὸν διαµένει σχῆµα, µεταβολὰς δ' ἔχει.

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