“Yesterday This Day’s Madness did prepare;
To-morrow’s Silence, Triumph, or Despair:
Drink! for you know not whence you came, nor why:
Drink! for you know not why you go, nor where.”
That’s a quatrain by the 11th century Persian poet, Khayyam.
Interestingly enough, it was quoted in the movie, 12 Monkeys by Terry Gilliam.
Those of you who have watched this movie can probably see the common theme of the story and this poem, right?
The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, translated by Fitzegerald, is a great, while short, read for anyone, any time!