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between the desire and the spasm
A. INTJ. companionably reclusive and socially unacceptable; inescapably imperious but emotionally absent; chronically craving and unremittingly remote; and vicariously versed in all manner of vice.



Anonymous asked:
hi, i've studied ancient greek, but i'm still fairly mediocre at reading it. i was wondering what the caption on this post means, because i can't get it to make sense: post/91572968556/for-readers-of thanks!

The phrase ‘θάνατος οὐδὲν διαφέρει τοῦ ζῆν' roughly translates as 'Death is no different than life' (or 'Thánatos oudèn diaphérei tou zên’ in Greek). It was believed to have been said by Thales of Miletus, as quoted in Lives of Eminent Philosophers by the biographer Diogenes Laertius. To this statement, someone asked Thales, "Why, then do not you die?" To which Thales replies, "Because it does make no difference."

The original recounting of the exchange is thus: οὐδὲν ἔφη τὸν θάνατον διαφέρειν τοῦ ζῆν. “σὺ οὖν,” ἔφη τις, “διὰ τί οὐκ ἀποθνήσκεις;” “ὅτι,” ἔφη, “οὐδὲν διαφέρει.”

A fairly-well translated collection of Laertius’ complete works on the lives of various philosophers, including Thales, can be found here, while the original Greek text can be found here.



θάνατος οὐδὲν διαφέρει τοῦ ζῆν: {for readers of ‘the secret history’}

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θάνατος οὐδὲν διαφέρει τοῦ ζῆν: {for readers of ‘the secret history’}

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Youth with laurel wreath and staff, 1906, by F Holland Day
Youth with laurel wreath and staff, 1906, by F Holland Day

Act III-Scene II: The Palace - Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me
Henry Purcell/Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra

Thy hand, Belinda, darkness shades me,
On thy bosom let me rest,
More I would, but Death invades me;
Death is now a welcome guest.

When I am laid, am laid in earth, May my wrongs create
No trouble, no trouble in thy breast;
Remember me, remember me, but ah! forget my fate.
Remember me, but ah! forget my fate


Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland
Kylemore Abbey, Connemara, Ireland

The abduction of Persephone by Hades, Greek Fresco, 4th century BC, Macedonian Tomb, Vergina, Greece, photographer unknown
The abduction of Persephone by Hades, Greek Fresco, 4th century BC, Macedonian Tomb, Vergina, Greece, photographer unknown


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