… but you have forgotten me… — Sappho, “Fragment VIII,” Selected Poems and Fragments. (2005) Translated by A. S. Kline
The gods perceive what lies in the future, and mortals, what occurs in the present, but wise men apprehend what is imminent. — Philostratus, Life of Apolloniur of Tyans, VII, 7. Edited by Christopher P. Jones, vol. 1 (Books I-IV) & 2 (Books V-VIII), Harvard University Press, Cambridge (Mass.) 2005 (Loeb Classical Library no. 16… Continue reading Philostratus
Come back. Even as a shadow, even as a dream. — Euripides, Herakles (c. 416 BCE)
The aim of the poet is to inform or delight, or to combine together, in what he says, both pleasure and applicability to life. In instructing, be brief in what you say in order that your readers may grasp it quickly and retain it faithfully. Superfluous words simply spill out when the mind is already… Continue reading Horace
Few cross the river of time and are able to reach non-being. Most of them run up and down only on this side of the river. But those who when they know the law follow the path of the law, they shall reach the other shore and go beyond the realm of death. – Horace
When my desire grows too fierce I wear my bed clothes inside out, dark as the night’s rough husk. — Ono no Komachi, “[When my desire],” The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono no Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan. Translated by Jane Hirshfield & Mariko Aratani. (Vintage; 1St… Continue reading Ono no Komachi
The shortness of life prevents us from entertaining far-off hopes. — Horace, Odes (1.4.15) 23 BC.