A Story of Rats followed by Dianus and by The Oresteia
Translated by Robert Hurley
"Humanity is faced with a double perspective: in one direction, violent pleasure, horror and death – precisely the perspective of poetry– and in the opposite direction, that of science or the real world of utility. Only the useful, the real, have a serious character. We are never within our rights in preferring seduction to it: And yet we can, and indeed we must respond to something which, not being God, is stronger than every right, that was impossible, to which we accede only by forgetting the truth of all these rights."