Historical quotes and translations

One of the things I love about being a game designer is I get paid to research and learn the coolest, funniest things.

Today’s historical fact, found in my random reading:

The mantelpiece commemorates the marriage in 1510 between SirJohn Campbell of Argyll and Muriel Calder of Cawdor. The allegorical design and the inscription in dog Latin have never been satisfactorily explained or translated, all of which is highly satisfactory. The writing may mean ‘In the morning, remember your creators’. Or it may mean something quite else, like ‘If you stay too long in the evening, you will remember it in the morning.

If you are into this kind of thing, the English translation of Lorem ipsum is actually quite wonderful.

But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?

With all the crap that fills up the Verse, I’m always pleased to find these little gems.


2 thoughts on “Historical quotes and translations

  1. This is the reason why I like my freelance writing life too, because the clients I write for and the topics I cover range far and wide, and I keep coming across novelties. 🙂

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