Quotes: The Epic of Gilgamesh
How, O how could I stay silent, how, O how could I keep quiet?
My friend whom I love has turned to clay:
Enkidu my friend whom I love has turned to clay.
Am I not like him? Must I lie down too, never to rise again?
— Tablet X of The Epic of Gilgamesh
You will not find the life you seek.
When the Gods created Man,
Death for mankind they set aside,
Life in their own hands retaining.
—Siduri, to Gilgamesh
You must have been told that this is what your being a human involves.
You must have been told that this is what the cutting of your umbilical cord involved.
The darkest day of humans awaits you now.
The solitary place of humans awaits you now.
The unstoppable flood-wave awaits you now.
The unequal struggle awaits you now.
The unavoidable battle awaits you now.
The unescapable evil awaits you now.
— "The Death of Gilgamesh" (Sumerian poem, ca. 2200 BC)
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