Monday, December 26, 2011

Carpe Diem

John Keating, a character played by Robin Williams in the film Dead Poets Society (1989) says, "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."

The gods have granted to me or you, Leuconoe.
Don't play with Babylonian
fortune-telling either.
How much better it is to endure whatever will be!
Whether Jupiter has allotted to you many more winters or this final one
which even now wears out the Tyrrhenian sea on the rocks placed opposite
— be wise, strain the wine, and scale back your long hopes
To a short period. While we speak, envious time will have {already} fled
Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future.

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