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Variations On A Majestic Theme – Vatican Saying 47

I have anticipated you, Fortune, and entrenched myself against all your secret attacks.  And we will not give ourselves up as captives to you or to any other circumstance; but when it is time for us to go, spitting contempt on life and on those who here vainly cling to it, we will leave life crying aloud in a glorious triumph-song that we have lived well.  [Epicurus.net]

“I have anticipated thee, Fortune, and entrenched myself against all thy secret attacks.  And we will not give ourselves up as captives to thee or to any other circumstance; but when it is time for us to go, spitting contempt on life and on those who here vainly cling to it, we will leave life crying aloud in a glorious triumph-song that we have lived well.” [Cyril Bailey – Epicurus, the Extant Remains]

“Fortune, I have forestalled thee and barricaded thine every entrance, and neither to thee or to any other surprise of life will we give ourselves in surrender.” [Norman DeWitt, Epicurus and His Philosophy“]

“I have anticipated you, O fortune, and I have blocked every intrusion of yours, and neither to you nor to any other circumstance shall we give ourselves in surrender, but when that which is necessary extracts us from life, spitting boldly on life and on those who cling on to it in vain, we shall depart from life with a beautiful song, shouting that we have lived well.  [Epicurus.info]

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