Dying Just As Life Gets Good

Posted: 08/05/2020 by vequinox in Literature

SENTENTIAE ANTIQUAE

Bartolomeo Scala, Praefatio in Collectiones Cosmianas, (5)

Passing over the rest, what do you think is the fruit of memory in old age, or what utility in the recollection of the things you have done in life? Once all of these things are compared to the things that happen in daily life, they understand that one thing is to be chosen and another to be escaped much more readily than do those who, uncultured and inexperienced, make their own judgments of the matter. For we were not born to grasp wisdom with all of its light immediately – it is furnished by our zeal, our diligence, and not in the least by the length of our life.

They say that Democritus was an exceptionally wise man, since after he had reached the age of one hundred and seven (for he lived that many years) understood that he would die…

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