Constantine P. Cavafy: Che fece … il gran rifiuto (The Great Refusal)
Κωνσταντίνος Π. Καβάφης: Che fece … il gran rifiuto (Η Μεγάλη Άρνηση)
For some people the day comes
when they have to declare the great Yes
or the great No. It’s clear at once who has the Yes
ready within him; and saying it,
he goes forward in honour and self-assurance.
He who refuses does not repent. Asked again,
he would still say no. Yet that no — the right no —
undermines him all his life.