Each verse is a separate unit. It is written with a philosophical theme and the entire work is linked with this common thread.
Each verse is loosely adapted from the 19th century work of Edward Fitzgerald’s 5th translation of The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam.
Omar Khayyam was a 12th century Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer.
He invented the Arabic calendar. [mehr][weniger]
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This Book Does Not Demand Continuous Reading; But At Whatever Place One
Opens It, One Will Find Matter For Reflection. The Most Useful Books Are
Those Of Which Readers Themselves Compose Half; They Extend The Thoughts
Of Which The Germ Is Presented To Them; They Correct What Seems
Defective To Them, And They Fortify By Their Reflections What Seems To
It Is Only Really By Enlightened People That This Book Can Be Read; The
Ordinary Man Is Not Made For Such Knowledge; Philosophy Will Never Be
His Lot. Those Who Say That There Are Truths Which Must Be Hidden From
The People, Need Not Be Alarmed; The People Do Not Read; They Work Six
Days Of The Week, And On The Seventh Go To The Inn. In A Word,
Philosophical Works Are Made Only For Philosophers, And Every Honest Man
Must Try To Be A Philosopher, Without Pluming Himself On Being One. [mehr][weniger]
The reason passes, like the heart, through certain epochs and
transitions, but its development is not so often portrayed. Men seem to
have been satisfied with unfolding the passions in their extremes, their
aberration, and their results, without considering how closely they are
bound up with the intellectual constitution of the individual.
Degeneracy in morals roots in a one-sided and wavering philosophy, doubly
dangerous, because it blinds the beclouded intellect with an appearance
of correctness, truth, and conviction, which places it less under the
restraining influence of man's instinctive moral sense. On the other
hand, an enlightened understanding ennobles the feelings,--the heart must
be formed by the head. [mehr][weniger]