Esse Quam Videri

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(This is the text of a little chapel talk I was asked to give on the theme of our school’s erstwhile Latin motto.)

First, the translation: Esse quam videri means “to be, rather than to seem.” We might also say, “To be rather than to appear to be,” or “value the authentic over the superficial.”

It’s a fine motto for any occasion, but I especially think it’s an excellent guiding principle for a school. Continue reading “Esse Quam Videri”