Quote for the day: from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam

The moving finger writes, and having writ, 

Moves on, nor all Thy piety nor Wit,

Shall lure it back to cancel half a line,

Nor all Thy tears wash out a Word of it.

Author: Helian

I am Doug Drake, and I live in Maryland, not far from Washington, DC. I am a graduate of West Point, and I hold a Ph.D. in nuclear engineering from the University of Wisconsin. My blog reflects my enduring fascination with human nature and human morality.

4 thoughts on “Quote for the day: from The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam”

  1. methinks these lines of the rubiayat sums up the whole purpose of life here. ur life has been ordained by fate/maker how u choose to opt for.its like que sera ,sera –whatever will be, will be,the future’s not ours to see.u may try to read its hidden meaning,but in the end it will be, will be.so make the best of life,while u r here,otherwise the answer lies blowing in the wind………..my late mum who had mastered the rubiayat used to quote the above quote a lot,while she was yet in this world……

  2. Your comment certainly describes one aspect of the poem. For me its real genius lies in the way it exposes the absurdity of the Christian and Moslem Gods, who, we are told, are capable of becoming so angry at creatures as pathetic as ourselves for the paltry sins we commit in our short lives that they consider it “just” to punish us with torture in hell for trillions times trillions of years.

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