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  • On occasion, I am also busy doing nothing, or rather practicing what the Fathers of the Church called otium sanctum — holy leisure.

    Archive 2009-04-01

  • The Villa was intended as a place for otium and entertainment.

    Alla Kazovsky: Choosing to "Live-by-Design"

  • For the purpose of commencing my new way of life, I selected for my residence the village of Kennaquhair, in the south of Scotland, celebrated for the ruins of its magnificent Monastery, intending there to lead my future life in the otium cum dignitate of half-pay and annuity.

    The Monastery

  • Nihil est quod aeque melancholiam alat ac augeat, ac otium et abstinentia a corporis et animi exercitationibus.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • His, praeter horam somni, nulla per otium transeat.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • I know not, or how he might be affected, but this would be pernicious to another man; what intricate business might so really possess him, I cannot easily guess; but this is otiosum otium, it is far otherwise with these men, according to Seneca, Omnia nobis mala solitudo persuadet; this solitude undoeth us, pugnat cum vita sociali; 'tis

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Nullus mihi per otium dies exit, partem noctis studiis dedico, non vero somno, sed oculos vigilia fatigatos cadentesque, in operam detineo.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quibus opes et otium, hi barbaro fastu literas contemnunt.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Arcana tacere, otium recte collocare, injuriam posse ferre, difficillimum.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Cum triumphos, opes, honores adepti sunt, ad voluptatem et otium deinceps se convertunt: 'twas [3844] Cato's note, they cannot contain.

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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  • A crafty translation!

    May 5, 2012

  • "When he described the coup, he usually omitted to mention the lucky circumstance that the surveillance cameras had been temporarily out of service, but nevertheless the rewards had allowed him to enjoy his otium - and from time to time his opium - here in d'Ajuda.


    Jo Nesbo, (2002)

    Translated from the Norweigan by Don Bartlett,


    May 2, 2012

  • leisure used to pursue wisdom in Augustine's sense

    July 24, 2011

  • otium(rare) leisure; free time; ease

    July 26, 2008