Sometimes Fun, Sometimes Not
They tell me that one should never try to learn Spanish and Italian at the same time. The fact that they are so alike of course helps one a bit over the meanings of words (but Latin would help you almost equally for both) but it makes a confusion in one's mind about grammar and idioms--in the end one makes a horrid soup out of both. I don't know Spanish, but I know there are lovely things in Italian to read. You'll like Boiardo, Ariosto, and Tasso. By the way good easy Latin reading to keep one's Latin up with is the New Testament in Latin. Any Roman Catholic bookshop will have one: say you want a copy of the "Vulgate New Testament." Acts goes specially well in Latin.
I don't think being good always goes with having fun: a martyr being tortured by Nero, or a resistance movement man refusing to give away his friends when tortured by the Germans, were being good but not having fun. And even in ordinary life there are things that would be fun to me but I musn't do them because they would spoil other people's fun. But of course you are quite right if you mean that giving up fun for no reason except that you think it's "good" to give it up, is all nonsense...A perfect man would never act from sense of duty; he'd always want the right thing more than the wrong one.
~C.S. Lewis, Letters to Children, (Letter to Joan _____, July 18, 1957)
Cute Pic of the Day: Courage
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