Thursday, September 1, 2016

To build is to collaborate with earth

"To build is to collaborate with earth", from Memoirs of Hadrian by Maruerite Youncenar. A nice quote given the type of work I do.

I have been reading Memoirs of Hadrian, the Roman Emperor from 117 to 138. The memoir is fictional and at times I do get lost in the names and references of people that those more well versed in Roman History would be better at. However, it is a great insight on history and governance that has lots of wisdom applicable today.

The quote above is a good one for Hadrian. One of his legacies is Hadrian's Wall across Great Britain (Those Scotch and Irish have always been rather difficult). He is also credited with the Pantheon - a building that is a delight to visit and represents a collaboration with the earth like all good long lasting buildings should.    

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