June 04, 2004

Latin thought for the day

How many times have you heard a politician accused of being a hypocrite? I believe that this is an accusation I may have even heard levied at our current President. Well, guess what, it ain't nothing new in politics. I translated the following line from my Latin book:

"Fortunam et vitam antiquae patriae saepe laudas sed recusas." -- Horace.

Roughly, and for me, all Latin translations are rough:

"You often praise the fortune and way of life of the old fatherland, but you reject them."

In other words, while you praise the virtues of yore and the old fashioned life style, you don't live your own life like that. Sound familiar? Sound like, you talk the talk but you don't walk the walk? Interesting, I think, to see the same charges levied by Horace that you see repeated today. La plus ca change, etc.

Posted by Random Penseur at June 4, 2004 08:07 AM
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