Translation Please, Governor

“Si fractus illabutur orbis, impavidum ferient ruinae.”

— The motto of  London Mayor Boris Johnson in the “Proust Questionnaire” of the June 2012 issue of Vanity Fair 

(Editor’s Note: Apropos of the May Revision)

Filed under: Overheard


  1. If the world fractures, he is fearless of the ruins.

    Comment by Mike M. — 5.11.2012 @ 11:30 pm

  2. “Should the whole frame of Nature round him break, / In ruin and confusion hurled, / He, unconcerned, would hear the mighty crack, / And stand secure amidst a falling world.” (Odes 3.3.7-8, translated by Joseph Addison.)

    Comment by Jennifer — 5.14.2012 @ 8:38 am

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