Wednesday, May 29, 2019


The Lure of the Forbidden

Ovid, Amores 3.4.17 (tr. Grant Showerman, rev. G.P. Goold):
We ever strive for what is forbid, and ever covet what is denied.

nitimur in vetitum semper cupimusque negata.
This line is increasingly meaningful to me, in matters intellectual, not sexual. Whenever I hear that someone wants to ban, censor, or bowdlerize some piece of literature, art, or music, I defiantly seek out and eat the forbidden fruit.

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