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Not to know what happened before you were born is to be forever a child.

Marcus Tullius Cicero (via azspot)

Superfluidity is anything but a child, then, wandering Athens as he is right now, good man.

Here is the quotation in the original Latin:

Nescire autem quid ante quam natus sis acciderit, id est semper esse puerum.”

— From ‘Orator Ad M. Brutum’, 46 BCE

(via superfluidity)

…sexually [Dr. Aziz] was a snob. This had puzzled and worried Fielding. Sensuality, as along as it is straightforward, did not repel him, but this derived sensuality—the sort that classes a mistress among motor-cars if she is beautiful and among eye-flies if she isn’t—was alien to his own emotions, and he felt a barrier between himself and Aziz whenever it arose. It was, in a new form, the old, old trouble that eats the heart out of every civilization: snobbery, the desire for possessions, creditable appendages; and it is to escape this rather than the lusts of the flesh that saints retreat into the Himalayas.

E.M. Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin Modern Classics, 1924, p. 235