Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Being a Writer

pauca sed magnus.

Indeed. Three examples of E. B. White:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Few things, but great"

Had to look it up.

Gauss supposedly had the motto "A few, but ripe" ("pauca sed matura") which created a lot of problems when he didn't publish his discoveries.

7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I made it up by starting with "pauca sed matura", and modifying it by looking up English-Latin Dictionary. :)

-- Metoo

7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Btw, other options I played with:
pauca sed maximus (I thought Magnus was better, due to the implied "magnus opus" for writers), and I could not find the Latin for "phenomenal" because my first attempt was to translate "few, but phenomenal". I did not try to translate, "few, but awesome".

- Metoo

7:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shouldn't it be "magna"? Plural neutral:

-- ot

9:02 AM  

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