Thursday, April 06, 2017



Emil Cioran (1911-1995), Aveux et Anathèmes (tr. ‎Richard Howard):
Demosthenes copied out Thucydides eight times. That is how you learn a language. One ought to have the courage to transcribe all the books one loves.

Démosthène copia de sa main huit fois Thucydide. C'est comme cela qu’on apprend une langue. Il faudrait avoir le courage de transcrire tous les livres qu'on aime.
Lucian, The Ignorant Book Collector 4 (tr. A.M. Harmon):
On that theory, collect and keep all those manuscripts of Demosthenes that the orator wrote with his own hand, and those of Thucydides that were found to have been copied, likewise by Demosthenes, eight times over...

κατὰ δὴ ταῦτα, ἐκεῖνα ἔχε συλλαβὼν τὰ τοῦ Δημοσθένους ὅσα τῇ χειρὶ τῇ αὑτοῦ ὁ ῥήτωρ ἔγραψε, καὶ τὰ τοῦ Θουκυδίδου ὅσα παρὰ τοῦ Δημοσθένους καὶ αὐτὰ ὀκτάκις μεταγεγραμμένα εὑρέθη...

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