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20170807_130056AS MUCH AS YOU CAN

     And if you can’t shape your life

the way you want,

     at least try as much as you can

     not to degrade it by dragging

it along,

     by too much contact with the world,

     by too much activity and talk.

 

     Try not to degrade it by dragging 

it along,

     taking it around and exposing it so 

often

     to the daily silliness

     of social events and parties,

     until it comes to seem a a boring

hanger-on.

 

C. Cavafy, 1913 (translated by E. Keeley and P. Sherrard)