Saturday, December 17, 2016


Nescio, Ergo Taceo

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex 569 (Creon speaking; tr. Hugh Lloyd-Jones):
I do not know; when I do not understand I like to say nothing.

οὐκ οἶδ᾿· ἐφ᾿ οἷς γὰρ μὴ φρονῶ σιγᾶν φιλῶ.
This is a good rule to follow. Observed strictly, however, it would reduce most people, myself included, to absolute silence.

Related post: Silence.

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