dulce et utile -> a sweet and useful thing

spiros · 2 · 47345

spiros

  • Administrator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 812531
    • Gender:Male
  • point d’amour
dulce et utile -> a sweet and useful thing

Horace wrote in his Ars Poetica that poetry must be dulce et utile (pleasant and profitable), both enjoyable and instructive.

Wikipedia—List of Latin phrases


billberg23

  • Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *****
    • Posts: 6005
    • Gender:Male
  • Words ail me.
Not a quotation, but an adaptation of Horace, Ars poetica 343f.:
omne tulit punctum qui miscuit utile dulci,
lectorem delectando pariterque monendo ...

The poet who has mixed the sweet with the useful has got my vote,
in equal measure pleasing and instructing the reader ...



 

Search Tools