Lexicon:Suave mare magno

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Citation: suave mare magno
Language: Latin
References: The Ionian Mission, page 132
Meaning: [it is] pleasant [to watch] in a great sea
Full quote: Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis, e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem, 'It is pleasant, when the winds are buffeting the waves on the great sea, to watch from the land the great struggle of another...'


Lucretius De Rerum Natura II.1-2. The sentiment is not an expression of delight in the suffering of others, but a comparison of those secure in the truth of philosophy to those who are not.

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