[lit-ideas] Ars Longa...

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
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  • Date: Tue, 4 May 2004 16:14:53 EDT

D. Ritchie: 
>> Steven Wright, in concert here last Saturday, "Life is short.  It's not
>> that wide either."


>This is too logical positivist: it is short in temporal terms ie. finite, but
>its theoretical width and depth are infinite for aught we know."

I think Mr. Wright was Englishing the well-known Latin adage, "Ars longa, 
vita brevis" (Cicero, Epist. vii, ad 8) -- which is all back to M. Geary's 
remarks on Michelangelo's _Davide_, I suppose.

Which art is the _longest_?



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