Omar ibn Ibrahim al-Khayyám, Persian poet, mathematician and astronomer, 1048-1131.
From Edward FitzGerald’s 1859 interpretation and translation of a most beautiful poet: The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám
This small extract is not only one of my favourites but also, I believe, reflects the zeitgeist perfectly:
One Moment in Annihilation’s Waste,
One Moment, of the Well of Life to taste –
The Stars are setting and the Caravan
Starts for the Dawn of Nothing – Oh, make haste!