Student or Learner
I'm exhausted understanding the sentence below, please help me.
"He who dies before he dies does not die when he dies. "
Thanks a lot.
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(1) You will certainly receive a lot of interesting replies!!!
(2) Here is my take:
(a) The last part ("does not die when he dies") might mean
that he does not die when he dies because he -- in the
first part of the sentence-- has already died (in a non-physical
(b) The first part ("He who dies before he dies") might mean something
Let's say that Tom knows that he should do something. But he doesn't
do it because he is afraid. He is afraid of what people will say or what
the government will do to him. So he keeps his head down and ignores
what he knows that he should not ignore. In a sense, then, he has
died. There is this saying from Shakespeare:
"Cowards die many times before their deaths. The valiant
never taste of death but once."