Without looking

Living is no laughing matter:

you must live with great seriousness

like a squirrel, for example —

I mean without looking for something beyond

and above living,

I mean living must be your whole


Nazim Hikmet, “On Living” (English translator unknown)

Yaşamak şakaya gelmez,

büyük bir ciddiyetle yaşayacaksın

bir sincap gibi mesala,

yani, yaşamanın dışında ve ötesinde hiçbir şey beklemeden,

yani bütün işin gücün yaşamak olacak.

— Nazim Hikmet, “Yaşamaya Dair”

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