Velut aegri somnia  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Velut aegri somnia, vanae fingentur species, ut nec pes nec caput uni reddatur formae is a famous phrase from Horace's Ars Poetica: It translates as "like the dreams of a sick person, senseless images are fashioned in such a way that neither head nor foot can be associated in a single shape." (tr. unidentified)

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The phrase is also cited in Montaigne's Essays, in the chapter "Of idleness"[1] where it is translated by William Carew Hazlitt as "As a sick man's dreams, creating vain phantasms."

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