As Much As You Can


Constantine Cavafy

Even if you cannot shape your life as you want it,

at least try this

as much as you can; do not debase it

in excessive contact with the world,

in the excessive movements and talk.

Do not debase it by taking it,

dragging it often and exposing it

to the daily folly

of relationships and associations,

until it becomes burdensome as an alien life.


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