Saturday, February 16, 2013

"I Deliver Myself Entirely to Them"

When evening has come, I return to my house and go into my study. At the door I take off my clothes of the day, covered with mud and mire, and I put on my regal and courtly garments; and decently reclothed, I enter the an­cient courts of ancient men, where, received by them lovingly, I feed on the food that alone is mine and that I was born for. There I am not ashamed to speak with them and to ask them the reason for their actions; and they in their humanity reply to me. And for the space of four hours I feel no boredom, I forget every pain, I do not fear poverty, death does not frighten me. I deliver myself entirely to them.
Niccolo Machiavelli's letter to Francesco Vettori, December 10, 1513


Anonymous said...

no regrets even if nothing else had been written ever since, darn... how were these people? how come there is nothing else to add? am re-reading 'hamlet' these days, 400 years passed, has anything changed? have we learned anything?