Monday, June 25, 2007


Another Hell

Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Part. 2, Sect. 2, Memb. 4:
To be at leisure without books is another Hell, and to be buried alive.
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Phil O. Vance does some detective work and writes in an email:
Schopenhauer quoted Seneca as follows: otium sine litteris mors est et hominis vivi sepultura (Leisure without literature is death and, for man, like being buried alive). Robert Burton must have borrowed it almost verbatim from Seneca, unacknowledged. Seneca's words are in Epistulae, 82. Schopenhauer's quote is in Parerga and Paralipomena, Vol. I, "Aphorisms on the Wisdom of Life," Ch. II, "What a Man Is," (Oxford University Press page 339).

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