On the pleasure of standing on shore watching a shipwreck  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Suave magni maro turbantibus aequora ventis
e terra magnum alterius spectare laborem;
non quia vexari quemquamst jucunda voluptas,
sed quibus ipse malis careas quia cernere suave est.

Pleasant it is, when on the great sea, the winds trouble the waters,
to gaze from shore upon another’s great tribulation:
Not because any man’s troubles are a delectable joy,
but because to perceive what ills you are free from yourself is pleasant.
De rerum natura, Book II, line 1[1] by Lucretius
tr. Sisso and Rouse

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