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On Wisdom & Ignorance

April 9, 2014

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On Wisdom & Ignorance
(Bk IV, Good & Ill Fortune; Song V, Wisdom and Ignorance)

“That the north wind blows the sea that beats on the rocks in wave after furious rumbling wave is not surprising,

Nor that Phoebius’ warmth can melt the snows in springtime as everyone understands, for the causes are clear;

Other happenings, more obscure, disturb the ignorant, fearful crowd, but give them knowledge and their faint hearts would be soothed.”

Boethius. Consolation of Philosophy, Book IV, Section V. Trans. David R. Slavitt. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. 2008. Print.

Emphasis added and formatting revised by blog author.

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