„Who can give law to lovers? Love is a greater law to itself.“

Poem XII, lines 47-48
The Consolation of Philosophy · De Consolatione Philosophiae, Book III
Original: (la) Quis legem det amantibus?
Maior lex amor est sibi.

Original

Quis legem det amantibus? Maior lex amor est sibi.

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„Even the most blockheaded bureaucrat,
Provided he loves peace,
Is a greater lover of the arts
Than any so-called art-lover
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—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956

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Are approaching the Academy of Arts, with a grin.
And so, instead of embracing them, Let us demand the freedom of the elbow
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