At least I will learn this melody before I die  

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'While the hemlock was being prepared, Socrates was learning a melody on the flute. "What use will that be to you?", he was asked. "At least I will learn this melody before I die," he answered. The dictum is found in Drawn and Quartered by Emil Cioran and is an illustration of knowledge for knowledge's sake.

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