Friday, December 07, 2012


Every Day's a Holiday

Plutarch, On Tranquillity of Mind 20 = Moralia 477 C (tr. W.C. Helmbold):
And I am delighted with Diogenes, who, when he saw his host in Sparta preparing with much ado for a certain festival, said, 'Does not a good man consider every day a festival?' And a very splendid one, to be sure, if we are sound of mind...

ἄγαμαι δὲ καὶ τοῦ Διογένους, ὃς τὸν ἐν Λακεδαίμονι, ξένον ὁρῶν παρασκευαζόμενον εἰς ἑορτήν τινα καὶ φιλοτιμούμενον "ἀνὴρ δ᾽" εἶπεν "ἀγαθὸς οὐ πᾶσαν ἡμέραν ἑορτὴν ἡγεῖται;" καὶ πάνυ γε λαμπράν, εἰ σωφρονοῦμεν...

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