Phrases from the Past We Need to Bring Back
We all know about carpe diem—seize the day—but here are a few other forgotten Latin sayings that capture those hard-to-explain (and hard-to-get-through) moments everyone eventually faces.
Aulus Gellius, a 1st century BC politician, recounts the incident that inspired this saying: A man with long hair and a waist-length beard approached the Athenian aristocrat Herodes asking for bread. When Herodes asked who he was, the beggar, offended, asked why Herodes thought it necessary to ask about what was obvious. "I am a philosopher," he stated. "I see a beard and a cloak," Herodes responded. "The philosopher I do not yet see." An elegant note to self when having to deal with those who act wiser or more knowledgeable than they are.