Tuesday, January 13, 2009

... happiness never

Messenger to Medea

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As for human life,
It is a shadow, as I have long believed. And this
I say without hesitation: those who most would call
intelligent, the propounders of wise theories –
Their folly is of all men’s the most culpable.
Happiness is a thing no man possesses. Fortune
May come now to one man, now to another, as
Prosperity increases; happiness never.

Euripides, Medea, translation
Philip Vellacott, Penguin Books

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