Quote by Marcus Tullius Cicero
Frivolity is inborn, conceit acquired by education.
This quote suggests that frivolity, or a tendency to be silly or lighthearted, is a natural and inherent quality in people. However, conceit, defined as an excessive belief in one's own abilities, is something that is learned and developed through education or societal influences. It implies that while frivolity may be instinctive, conceit is a product of external factors and can be altered or influenced by one's learning and experiences.
Those who have not learned to read the ancient classics in the language in which they were written must have a very imperfect knowledge of the history of the human race; for it is remarkable that no transcript of them has ever been made into any modern tongue, unless our civilization itself may be regarded as such a transcript. Homer has never yet been printed in English, nor Aeschylus, nor Virgil even, works as refined, as solidly done, and as beautiful almost as the morning itself; for later writers, say what we will of their genius, have rarely, if ever, equaled the elaborate beauty and finish and the lifelong and heroic literary labors of the ancients. They only talk of forgetting them who never knew them.
I would rather have strong enemies than a world of passive individualists. In a world of passive individualists nothing seems worth anything simply because nobody stands for anything. That world has no convictions, no victories, no unions, no heroism, no absolutes, no heartbeat. That world has rigor mortis.