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Callimachus – Elegy for Heraclitus

Gustave Courtois, Orpheus, 1875 Someone spoke of your death, Heraclitus,and it moved me to tears, and I remembered howoften we put the sun to sleepas we were talking.You, my friend from Halicarnassus, lie somewhere,long long ago gone to dust; but your nightingales are living, and Hades who snatches everything will never lay his hand upon them. …

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William Shakespeare – Essere o non essere (Monologo di Amleto)/ To be or not to be (Hamlet Monologue)

Luigi Russolo, Self-portrait with skulls, 1909 To be, or not to be: that is the question:Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to sufferThe slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;No more; and, by a sleep to say we endThe heart-ache …

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Charles Bukowski – Ultime Volontà e Testamento / Last Will and Testament

Dino Valls, Vera Icon, 2007 You stop agonizing for a while thinking that maybe life’s true essence has risen to the top (temporarily)  or that a minor decency, a minor sensibility has taken a gentle hold. but it’s illusion, all illusion: the crap is still crap, the old structure remains firmly in place, you’re going to have to  endure the same hollow ghosts of love, the same cardboard faces,the same eyelesseyes,the old dark,the …

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