quid nisi gravitatem conscientiae, et cordis dispersionem reportas?"
- Thomas A Kempis
what do you have to report except a heaviness of conscience and a scattering of the heart?"
"Our sensual desires promise us a promenade but deliver us only a dragonnade"
- Bill Griffin's translation of Kempis
"What do people gain from all the toil at which they toil under the sun?
All things are wearisome; more than one can express; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, or the ear filled with hearing. Is there a thing of which it is said, "see, this is new"?It has already been, in the ages before us.
The people of long ago are not remembered
nor will there be any remembrance of people yet to come by those who come after them."
- Ecclesiastes 1.1-14 on the vanity of this world.