A comprehesive course on the Constitution?
rs at robertsheridan.com
Fri Feb 15 23:04:31 PST 2008
On Feb 15, 2008, at 10:14 PM, Scarberry, Mark wrote:
> Correction: I left out the word "do" from the quote, which should
> read: "No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the misfortune is to
> do it solemnly."
> Mark Scarberry
> From: conlawprof-bounces at lists.ucla.edu on behalf of Scarberry, Mark
> Sent: Fri 2/15/2008 10:59 AM
> To: conlawprof at lists.ucla.edu
> Subject: RE: A comprehesive course on the Constitution?
> Perhaps there would be room for this quote from Montaigne (Essays,
> Book III, Chapter 1, the first line of "Of Profit and Honesty," as
> found on numerous quotable quote websites and on a poster I used to
> have up on the my wall of my dorm room):
> "No one is exempt from talking nonsense; the misfortune is to it
> I've also seen the quote attributed to D.A. Battista, whoever that
> is. Here is the 17th Century Charles Cotton translation of that
> passage, including the latin quote that followed it in Montaigne's
> essay (I'm not sure whether the translation of the Latin quote is
> "No man is free from speaking foolish things; but the worst on't is,
> when a man labours to play the fool:
> ' Nae iste magno conatu magnas nugas dixerit. '
> [' Truly he, with a great effort will shortly say a mighty
> trifle. '
> —-Terence, Heaut., act iii., s. 4.]"
> [from Project Gutenberg, The Essays of Montaigne, Complete, http://www.gutenberg.org/etext/3600
> ] .
> Mark S. Scarberry
> Pepperdine University School of Law
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