10 August 2012

"Festina Lente"


















"Festina lente" wrote the Dutch humanist Erasmus (1466?-1536).
"Hasten slowly".  Excellent advice, especially on a hot summer day.

And an excerpt from Jerome K. Jerome's Idle Thoughts Of An Ilde Fellow (1886):
"There is no fun in doing nothing when you have nothing to do."

Things I remember from the library of my mother, June Williams.

Image: Henri Matisse - Arab Coffee House, 1913, Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg.

6 comments:

Timothy Cahill said...

Erasmus's words are worthy of carving above the front door. Your last fond sentence is a vast evocation of a childhood well spent.

alestedemadrid said...

Have a good, relaxed day...

Jane said...

Tim, among other writers I discovered in my mother's collection were Stefan Zweig, Marie Curie, and William Penn's "Some Fruits Of Solitude." I never asked her about a connection, but I remember all the times I was sent to my room to think about my offenses against good behavior and how, when I came out, I needed to have a good explanation prepared.

Jane said...

You also, Alestedemadrid.

Andy McEwan said...

Jane,
A favourite of mine from Bertrand Russell - "The time you enjoy wasting is not time wasted." Now that's my kind of philodophy!

Jane said...

I like it and I have to admit I haven't heard Russell's name in a long time. But then many of his philosophical ideas were too complicated to be this pithy.