The Ides of March

My soul, guard against pomp and glory.
And if you can’t curb your ambitions,
at least pursue them hesitantly, cautiously.
And the higher you go,
the more searching and careful you need to be.
— C. V. Cavafy, born this day in 1863
tr. by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard

C. P. Cavafy | Poetry Foundation

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