The Ministry of Education has declared 2013 as the “Year of K. P. Kavafis”, in honour of the 150th anniversary of the great poet’s birth in Alexandria. Konstantinos Kavafis (1863 ― 1933) was one of the greatest and most significant contemporary Greek poets. His poetry is characterized by an intense symbolism, combined with a minimalist, timeless speech.
The text in the picture refers to the poem of Konstantinos Kavafis below;
As much as you can
Even if you cannot shape your life as you want it,
at least try this
as much as you can; do not debase it
in excessive contact with the world,
in the excessive movements and talk.
Do not debase it by taking it,
dragging it often and exposing it
to the daily folly
of relationships and associations,
until it becomes burdensome as an alien life.
Konstantinos P. Kavafis (1913)