By Oswald Sobrino, J.D.; M.A. (Econ.); M.A. (Theo.); M.L. (Master of Latin), doctoral student, University of Florida.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Cicero: Let Them Talk

My forced march (magnum iter) through a Latin reading list brought me this gem from Cicero's Republic (yes, all philosophy already was a footnote to Plato, as Whitehead remarked):

Let what others say of you be their own concern; whatever it is, they will say it in any case [Loeb Classical Library translation by C.W. Keyes]. 
(Latin: quid de te alii loquantur, ipsi videant, sed loquentur tamen; my translation: "What others may say about you, let them see to it, and indeed they will still speak.")

Cicero, De Re Publica, "Scipio's Dream," Book VI.23.

Like all other aphorisms, you must apply this one in its practical context. In many contexts, what others will say should not be high on your list of concerns if you are doing the right thing.

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