Friday, July 18, 2008

Indocilis Privata Loqui

Latin for “not apt to disclose secrets,” Indocilis Privata Loqui is the motto of The Magic Circle [founded in Great Britain in 1905]. This “regal” phrase is attributed to the first Caesar: “Never . . . was there within the same compass of words, a more emphatic expression of Caesar’s essential and inseparable grandeur of thought, which could not be disguised or laid aside for an instant, than is found in the three casual words—Indocilis Privata Loqui” [Thomas De Quincey, The Caesars, 1832-34].

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