But wise men perceive approaching things
Because gods perceive future things, men what is happening now,
but wise men perceive approaching things.
Men know what is happening now.
Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana, VIII, 7.
The gods know the things of the future,
the full and sole possessors of all lights.
Of the future things, wise men perceive
approaching things. Their hearing
is sometimes, during serious studies,
disturbed. The mystical clamor
of approaching events reaches them.
And they heed it with reverence. While outside
on the street, the peoples hear nothing at all.
Constantine P. Cavafy (1915)
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