Monday, April 05, 2010

Cicero on the liberal arts

Nam ceterae neque temporum sunt neque aetatum omnium neque locorum: haec studia adolescentiam acuunt, senectutem oblectant, secundas res ornant, adversis perfugium ac solacium praebent, delectant domi, non impediunt foris, pernoctant nobiscum, peregrinantur, rusticantur.

Other pursuits are not of all times, ages, or places. This pursuit sharpens adolescence, delights old age, adorns favorable things, supplies refuge and solace to unfavorable things, pleases at home, doesn't hurt away from home, and watches with us through the night, journeys with us, and relaxes in the country with us.

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