Friday, October 28, 2011



Montesquieu (1689-1755), Oeuvres complètes (Paris: Firmin Didot Frères, 1838), p. 620:
L'étude a été pour moi le souverain remède contre les dégoûts de la vie, n'ayant jamais eu de chagrin qu'une heure de lecture n'ait dissipé.
Translation by Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), from his "Address at the Opening of the Concord Free Public Library," Complete Works, Vol. XI = Miscellanies (Boston: Houghton Mifflin and Company, 1904), pp. 495-508 (at 505):
Study has been for me the sovereign remedy against the disgusts of life, never having had a chagrin which an hour of reading has not put to flight.
Albert Josef Franke (1860-1924),
Aufmerksame Lectüre

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