Lost quote

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Lost quote

Post by Lidia » Wed May 22, 2013 9:47 am


I have studied Ancient Greek and Latin at school, aeons ago. I remember that once a sentence popped up in a translation, and it was something along the lines of TODAY'S YOUNG PEOPLE PREFER LISTENING TO A DISC RATHER THAN TO A PHILOSOPHER (a throwing disc was meant here).

Since then, this quote has been a favourite of mine and it keeps popping up in conversation whenever we get to talking about how the younger generation is going down the drain. I like to point out that this has been a common complain since ancient times.

Now, I would really really like to know who wrote this and perhaps even have the quote in the original language! And sorry, I can't remember if it was Greek or Latin.

Any pointers??


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Re: Lost quote

Post by Victor » Fri Sep 13, 2013 5:20 pm

It's from Cicero, De Oratore, II, 5, 21:
...palaestram et sedes et porticus etiam ipsos, Catule, Graecos exercitationis et delectationis causa non disputationis invenisse arbitror; nam et saeculis multis ante gymnasia inventa sunt, quam in eis philosophi garrire coeperunt, et hoc ipso tempore, cum omnia gymnasia philosophi teneant, tamen eorum auditores discum audire quam philosophum malunt.

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