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

1 comments:

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?

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