Students of Wisdom

“Some of us are enslaved to glory, others to money. ┬áBut there are also a few people who devote themselves wholly to the study of the universe, believing everything else to be trivial in comparison. ┬áThese call themselves students of wisdom, in other words philosophers; and just as a festival attracts individuals of the finest type who just watch the proceedings without a thought of getting anything for themselves, so too, in life generally, the contemplation and study of nature are far superior to the whole range of other human activities.” Marcus Tullius Cicero, Discussions at Tusculum (V) 3. 8-9, in Cicero: The Good Life, trans. Michael Grant (London 1971), p. 56-57. [Emphasis added]


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