Plus la change -- and Dominique Strauss-Kahn

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 17 14:19:36 UTC 2011

At 10:12 AM -0400 5/17/11, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>In an article in today's New York Times, Elaine Sciolino writes:
>That [France's historical royal history] makes
>the French tolerant of other people’s private
>behavior, especially sexual behavior. Private
>lives must not be invaded by outsiders. “To live
>happy, live hidden,” goes the saying by
>Jean-Pierre Claris de Florian, the 18th-century poet.
>Maxim first seen in English by Google Books in
>1917, "The Life of the Grasshopper," by
>Jean-Henri Fabre, in a footnote translating from
>the French: "Pour vivre heureux, vivons caché!"
>(I do not have any quotation reference books to check.)
Me neither, but I suspect the last word would be
"cachés".  Or the next to last one "vive".  But
not both.


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