Sunday, December 17, 2006


Burning the Midnight Oil

Montaigne, Essays 1.39 (tr. Donald M. Frame):
This fellow, all dirty, with running nose and eyes, whom you see coming out of his study after midnight, do you think he is seeking among his books how to make himself a better, happier and wiser man? No such news. He is going to teach posterity the meter of Plautus' verses and the true spelling of a Latin word, or die in the attempt.

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