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Macrobius, Saturnalia 1.praef.1

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multas variasque res in hac vita nobis, Eustachi fili, natura conciliavit; sed nulla nos magis quam eorum qui e nobis essent procreati caritate devinxit, eamque nostram in his educandis atque erudiendis curam esse voluit, ut parentes neque, si id quod cuperent ex sententia cederet, tantum ulla alia ex re voluptatis, neque, si contra eveniret, tantum maeroris capere possent.

Many and various, Eustachius my son, are the affections with which nature has provided us, but she has bound us together by none greater than our love for those who are our offspring; she has wished us to have such care for their upbringing and education that parents can take no greater pleasure if what they desired goes according to plan – nor, if the opposite happens, can they suffer any greater sadness.

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May 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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