What is life

Marché des Lices

“For an ambitious youth, the fame and the brilliant position of the humanists were a perilous temptation; it seemed to him that he too ‘through inborn pride could no longer regard the low and common things of life’. He was thus led to plunge into a life of excitement and vicissitude, in which exhausting studies, tutorships, secretaryships, professorships, offices in princely households, mortal enemies and perils, luxury and beggary, boundless admiration and boundless contempt, followed confusely one upon the other, and in which the most solid worth and learning were often pushed aside by superficial impudence.

But the worst of all, was, that the position of the humanist was almost uncompatible with a fixed home, since it either made frequent changes of dwelling necessary for a livelihood, or so affected the mind of the individual that he could never be happy for long in one place. He grew tired of…

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