Thursday, January 23, 2014


Quo Semel Imbuta Est Recens Servabit Odorem Testa Diu

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing (1729-1781), Nathan the Wise IV.4.377-380 (tr. Ernest Bell):
And yet the superstitions we have learned
From education, do not lose their power
When we have found them out; nor are all free
Whose judgment mocks the galling chains they wear.
The same, tr. Adolphus Reich:
The superstition in which we grew up,
Does not cease influencing us, e'en after
We have discover'd its absurdity.
Not all are free who do bemock their fetters.
The German:
Der Aberglaub', in dem wir aufgewachsen,
Verliert, auch wenn wir ihn erkennen, darum
Doch seine Macht nicht über uns. — Es sind
Nicht alle frei, die ihrer Ketten spotten.

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