Cicero, On the Answers of the Haruspices
9.18 (tr. D.R. Shackleton Bailey):
Perhaps I may
seem to some a closer student of books than other people who
have as much to do as I have; but that is not to say that I am apt to
take pleasure in writings that deter and detach our minds from
religion, or even to read them at all.
Our forebears tell me to
practice our religion and teach me how. I have so high an opinion of their wisdom that I consider any who, I won't say attain to
it, but who appreciate it at its proper worth to be wise enough,
and more than enough.
neque is sum qui, si cui
forte videor plus quam ceteri qui aeque atque ego sunt occupati versari in
studio litterarum, his delecter aut utar omnino litteris quae nostros animos
deterrent atque avocant a religione. ego vero primum habeo auctores ac magistros
religionum colendarum maiores nostros, quorum mihi tanta fuisse sapientia
videtur ut satis superque prudentes sint qui illorum prudentiam non dicam
adsequi, sed quanta fuerit perspicere possint.