Thomas Mann (1875-1955), Buddenbrooks
, III.1 (tr. John E. Woods):
"And what are you reading, Master Buddenbrook?
Ah, Cicero! A difficult text, the work of a great Roman orator. Quousque tandem, Catilina. Huh-uh-hmm, yes, I've not entirely forgotten my Latin, either."
The consul said, "Unlike my dear departed father, I have always had some reservations about this
everlasting preoccupation of young minds with Greek and Latin. So many serious and important
matters are necessary to prepare a man for the practical side of life."
"My opinion entirely, Herr Buddenbrook," Herr Grünlich hastened to reply. "You took the words
out of my mouth. A difficult text, and as I failed to add, a not unexceptionable one. Quite apart from everything else, I can recall several passages in those speeches that are blatantly offensive."