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Born in 1048 / Died in 1131 / Israel / Hebrew

Quotes by Omar Khayyám

When I want to understand what is happening today or try to decide what will happen tomorrow, I look back.
A loaf of bread, a jug of wine, and thou.
Be happy for this moment. This moment is your life.
And that inverted bowl we call The Sky, where under crawling coop't we live and die, lift not thy hands to It for help - for it rolls impotently on as thou or I.
A hair divides what is false and true.
Myself when young did eagerly frequent doctor and saint, and heard great argument about it and about: but evermore came out by the same door as in I went.
There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see.
Living Life Tomorrow's fate, though thou be wise, Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise; Pass, therefore, not today in vain, For it will never come again.
You know, my friends, with what a brave carouse I made a Second Marriage in my house; favored old barren reason from my bed, and took the daughter of the vine to spouse.
Drink! for you know not whence you came nor why: drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.
The thoughtful soul to solitude retires.
'Tis all a Checker-board of Nights and days where Destiny with Men for Pieces plays: Hither and thither moves, and mates and slays, and one by one back in the Closet lays.
Oh, the brave Music of a distant drum!
The moving finger writes, and having written moves on. Nor all thy piety nor all thy wit, can cancel half a line of it.
Ah, make the most of what we yet may spend, before we too into the dust descend.