Lovely it is, when the winds are churning up the waves on the great sea, to gaze out from the land on the great efforts of someone else; not because it's an enjoyable pleasure that somebody is in difficulties, but because it's lovely to realize what troubles you are yourself spared.

Suave, mari magno turbantibus aequora ventis,
E terra magnum alterius spectare laborem.
Non quia vexari quemquamst iucunda voluptas,
Sed quibus ipse malis careas quia cernere suave est.

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Original Citation

Lucretius. De Rerum Natura [On the Nature of Things]. c. 55 BC, bk. 2, l. 1.

Current Citation

Lucretius. The Nature of Things. Translated by Alicia Stallings. Penguin, 2007, bk. 2, l. 1.