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Monthly Archives: October 2011
“No one can wear a mask for very long; affectation soon returns to true nature” nemo enim potest personam diu ferre, ficta cito in naturam suam recidunt
“It is clear that man is a political animal, more than every bee and herd animal: for nature makes nothing in vain and man alone of living things has reason.” διότι δὲ πολιτικὸν ὁ ἄνθρωπος ζῷον πάσης μελίττης καὶ παντὸς … Continue reading
“the most familiar evils are the most tolerable” notissimum quodque male, maxime tolerabile
Whoever does business with a tyrant is That man’s slave, even if he starts out free. ὅστις γὰρ ὡς τύραννον ἐμπορεύεται κείνου ‘στι δοῦλος, κἂν ἐλεύθερος μόλῃ. Sophocles?
“fortunate he who could understand the causes of things” felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas Vergil who?
τὸν δὲ φθόνον παντάπασιν ἀφαιροῦσι, τὰ μὲν ἑαυτῶν ἀγαθὰ τοῖς φίλοις οἰκεῖα παρέχοντες, τὰ δὲ τῶν φίλων ἑαυτῶν νομίζοντες. Good men sweep aside all envy: they share their good possessions with their friends and have their friends’ goods as … Continue reading
“Wanting the same thing and also not wanting the same thing: this, ultimately, is true friendship” idem velle atque idem nolle, ea demum firma amicitia est (Catiline to his fellow conspirators) More about Sallust. Read the full text here.
“Wisdom makes men lucky everywhere” ἡ σοφία ἄρα πανταχοῦ τοὺς ἀνθρώπους εὐτυχεῖν See the full text here
“Let us spurn the rewards of today and look to future glory; let us deem best what is most honorable; let us hope for what we want, but bear what befalls us; finally, let us consider that even the bodies … Continue reading