Friday, March 19, 2010

Meandering forever . . .

Today is the birthday of Richard Francis Burton (March 19, 1821 – October 20, 1890), explorer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, ethnologist, linguist, poet, hypnotist, fencer and diplomat.

He is fondly remembered for bringing the Kama Sutra to publication in English.

"Of the gladest moments in human life, methinks is the departure upon a distant journey to unknown lands." - Sir Richard Francis Burton

"Friends of my youth, a last adieu! haply some day we meet again; Yet ne'er the self-same men shall meet; the years shall make us other men." - Sir Richard Francis Burton

"Conquer thyself, till thou has done this, thou art but a slave; for it is almost as well to be subjected to another's appetite as to thine own." - Sir Richard Francis Burton

"Cease, Man, to mourn, to weep, to wail; enjoy thy shining hour of sun; We dance along Death's icy brink, but is the dance less full of fun?" - Sir Richard Francis Burton

Burton image source (1)

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