Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tulkinghorn College: Esse Quam Videri

It's the motto for about a zillion colleges....

"To be rather than to seem"

Close enough to "He doesn't look cool, he is cool." Don't think there's a Latin equivalent to the idiomatic English "You look great..." The play on words is obvious enough that it almost certainly doesn't have an author.

Goes back to Aeschylus, according to Wikipedia.

1 comment:

Generic said...

I think the version I have in mind is from "The World of Henry Orient" -- whose screenwriters may have read Aeschylus, as that was back in the olden days when people still read stuff.