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Seneca Quote

Postby Lucus Eques » Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:01 am

Salvete, amici! Vita me occupat, attamen Latine corde menteque semper vivo. :)

I found a quote of Seneca's I greatly admire (below), but I cannot for the life of me find the original Latin (at, say, TheLatinLibrary.com); first, I'm not sure if this is Seneca the Elder or Younger, and I haven't found the right word yet (apparently) to search for.

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A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the study of so vast a subject. A time will come when our descendants will be amazed that we did not know things that are so plain to them.

— Seneca, Book 7, first century AD
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Any thoughts?
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Re: Seneca Quote

Postby Lucus Eques » Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:06 am

Update: I may have found the second sentence here:

http://thelatinlibrary.com/sen/sen.qn7.shtml

[25,5] Veniet tempus quo posteri nostri tam aperta nos nescisse mirentur.

But it's not joined with the first. Strange.
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Re: Seneca Quote

Postby Lucus Eques » Mon Mar 09, 2009 3:10 am

Update 2 (from the same link above):


[25,4] Veniet tempus quo ista quae nunc latent in lucem dies extrahat et longioris aeui diligentia; ad inquisitionem tantorum aetas una non sufficit, ut tota caelo uacet: quid, quod tam paucos annos inter studia ac uitia non aequa portione diuidimus? Itaque per successiones ista longas explicabuntur.

[25,5] Veniet tempus quo posteri nostri tam aperta nos nescisse mirentur.


It appears to be similar, but pieced together. Thoughts? If find this strange, if it's the right answer.
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Re: Seneca Quote

Postby Imber Ranae » Tue Mar 10, 2009 12:16 am

Excepting for the missing content in the middle, the English version of the quotation seems pretty faithful to the original:

Ad inquisitionem tantorum aetas una non sufficit, ut tota caelo uacet...Veniet tempus quo posteri nostri tam aperta nos nescisse mirentur.

"A single lifetime is not sufficient for the investigation of so great of things, even though the whole [lifetime] be at leisure for the heavens...A time will come when [in which] our descendants could be amazed that we did not know things so evident [to them]."
Ex mala malo
bono malo uesci
quam ex bona malo
malo malo malo.
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Re: Seneca Quote

Postby Lucus Eques » Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:37 pm

Many thanks! I stuck with that one.
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