Sunday, June 11, 2017


Advice I'm Unlikely to Follow

Marcus Aurelius, Meditations 2.2.2 (tr. C.R. Haines):
Away with thy books! Be no longer drawn aside by them: it is not allowed.

ἄφες τὰ βιβλία· μηκέτι σπῶ· οὐ δέδοται.
Id., 2.3.3:
But away with thy thirst for books, that thou mayest die not murmuring but with a good grace, truly and from thy heart grateful to the Gods.

τὴν δὲ τῶν βιβλίων δίψαν ῥῖψον, ἵνα μὴ γογγύζων ἀποθάνῃς, ἀλλὰ ἵλεως, ἀληθῶς, καὶ ἀπὸ καρδίας εὐχάριστος τοῖς θεοῖς.

Albert Anker (1831-1910), Sitzender Bauer beim Lesen

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