Better a life of private dignity
April 18, 2013 4:30 PM Subscribe
Looking for a quote extolling the virtues of a private life over "fame" ?
posted by southof40 to society & culture (11 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I feel like somewhere I've read a quote from a Roman (possibly but less likely Greek) author in which they says (something like) "better a private life of quite dignity than one of public acclaim"
I've made those words up to cover the concept in my head so don't feel your answer won't fit if the words are quite different.
I'm thinking if might have been a Roman Senator, for instance, who had given up public life and "retired to the farm" ?
I'm not well read in classical literature so it won't be anything too obscure.
(I'd be interested in any quotes that cover this concept in a pithy manner - classical or not)