My Family

From left: Edward, Elena, Charles, Jacqueline and I

My favourite aphorisms

In medio stat virtus; ‘virtue stands in the middle’, ‘The Golden Mean’ — Aristotle

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt — Abraham Lincoln

I can resist anything but temptations — Oscar Wilde

Life is too important to be taken seriously — Oscar Wilde

Non scholae sed vitae discimus; ‘Not for school, but for life do we learn’ — Seneca, Epistulae 106.12

Cum grano salis; ‘with a grain of salt’; with caution or incredulity.

Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much — Oscar Wilde

Je n’ai fait celle-ci plus longue que parce que je n’ai pas eu le loisir de la faire plus courte; ‘Forgive me for sending you this long letter: I did not have time to write you a shorter one’ — Blaise Pascal, Lettres Provinciales (1656-1657), n. 16

… e non vogliamo andare in paradiso se li’ non si vede il mare …; ‘ … we don’t want to go to heaven if we can’t see the sea from there …’ — Claudio Baglioni, Italian singer and song-writer, from song ‘Noi no’

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