Friday, December 23, 2005


Latin and Greek

Machiavelli, Mandragola, Act II (tr. J.R. Hale):
I've worn myself out to get up a little Latin; but if I had to depend on that for my bread and butter, I'd soon go hungry, I'll tell you!
Recollections of the Table-Talk of Samuel Rogers, to which is added Porsoniana (New York, 1856), p. 300:
At the house of the same gentleman I introduced Cogan to Porson, saying, "This is Mr. Cogan, who is passionately fond of what you have devoted yourself to, -- Greek."

Porson replied, "If Mr. Cogan is passionately fond of Greek, he must be content to dine on bread and cheese for the rest of his life."

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