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Dos Espectros e Goblinóides

O Manifesto Comunista de Marx e Engels abre com a sobejamente famosa e celebrada afirmação – “Um espectro assombra a Europa: o espectro do comunismo”.

No entanto, na primeira tradução para Inglês da obra, em 1850, esta abre com a seguinte afirmação – “A frightful hobgoblin stalks throughout Europe”.

Um tesourinho a guardar.

Das Férias e Tomás de Aquino

O Inconformismo Solipsista fez uma pequena pausa nas suas emissões mais ou menos regulares para permitir ao autor umas pequenas mas merecidas férias na esfera da cognição. Mas eis que volto ao activo, e trago o substrato das minhas meditações de estio: Os Dezasseis Preceitos Para a Aquisição do Tesouro do Conhecimento, pela mão de Tomás de Aquino.

Não partilho da fé do Santo que seguiu na senda de Aristóteles, mas não posso de deixar de lhe reconhecer o génio. Deixo aqui uma cópia integral (mas em inglês) do texto:

“My Very Dear Brother,
Since you have asked me how you ought to study in order to amass the treasures of knowledge, listen to the advice which I am going to give you.
As a mere stripling,

1. Advance up the streams, and do not all at once plunge into the deep: such is my caution, and your lesson. I bid you to

2. Be chary of speech,

3. Slower still in frequenting places of talk:

4. Embrace purity of conscience,

5. Pray unceasingly,

6. Love to keep to your cell if you wish to be admitted into the mystic wine-cellar.

7. Show yourself genial to all:

8. Pay no heed to other folk’s affairs:

9. Be not over-familiar with any person, because over-much familiarity breeds contempt, and gives occasion to distraction from study.

10. On no account mix yourself up with the sayings and the doings of persons in the outside world.

11. Most of all, avoid all useless visits, but try rather to walk constantly in the footsteps of good and holy men.

12. Never mind from whom the lesson drops, but

13. Commit to memory whatever useful advice may be uttered.

14. Give an account to yourself of your every word and action:

15. See that you understand what you hear, and never leave a doubt unsolved:

16. Lay up all you can in the storehouse of memory, as he does who wants to fill a vase. ‘Seek not the things which are beyond thee’.

Following these ways, you will your whole life long put forth and bear both branches and fruit in the vineyard of the Lord of Sabaoth. If you take these words to heart, you will attain your desire.”

-Sixteen Precepts for Acquiring the Treasure of Knowledge by St. Thomas Aquinas

Maquiavel: De Secretário Florentino a Camponês

On the coming of evening, I return to my house and enter my study; and at the door I take off the day’s clothing, covered with mud and dust, and put on garments regal and courtly; and reclothed appropriately, I enter the ancient courts of ancient men, where, received by them with affection, I feed on that food which only is mine and which I was born for, where I am not ashamed to speak with them and to ask them the reason for their actions; and they in their kindness answer me; and for four hours of time I do not feel boredom, I forget every trouble, I do not dread poverty, I am not frightened by death; entirely I give myself over to them.

And because Dante says it does not produce knowledge when we hear but do not remember, I have noted everything in their conversation which has profited me, and have composed a little work On Princedoms, where I go as deeply as I can into considerations on this subject, debating what a princedom is, of what kinds they are, how they are gained, how they are kept, why they are lost.

Carta de Nicolau Maquiavel a Francesco Vettori

Dos Monumentos Literários – 08/03/09

All civilization comes through literature now, especially in our country. A Greek got his civilization by talking and looking, and in some measure a Parisian may still do it. But we, who live remote from history and monuments, we must read or we must barbarise.

– William Dean Howells

The Rise of Silas Lapham


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