06 November 2006

Monday Quote Frenzy - Nothing New Under the Sun

Had I unknown phrases
Sayings that are strange
Novel, untried words
Free of repetition
Not transmitted sayings
Spoken by the ancestors.
I wring out my body for what it holds,
Sifting through all my words;

For what has been said is just repetition,
What has been said has been said …

The Complaints of Khakheperre-seneb
(Middle Kingdom, 19th Century BCE)


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