“Happy is the man, I thought, who, before dying, has the good fortune to sail the Aegean sea”
Put Out More Flags, the title of Evelyn Waugh’s novel (1942), comes from the saying of an anonymous Chinese sage, quoted and translated by Lin Yutang in The Importance of Living (1937).
“Let opening roses knotted oaks adorn, And liquid amber drop from every thorn”.
Alexander Pope 1709
“. . .of lucky August, best of months. . .”
from Dear Charles my Muse by Philip Larkin. Collected Poems. Faber & Faber.