Sunday, February 27, 2011

Words on a stone



Your friends are not dead, but gone before
Advanced a stage or two upon that road
Which you must travel in the steps they trod.
Aristophanes

Located on the Florida State University campus. One of the College of Music buildings can be seen in the background.

12 comments:

biebkriebels said...

Nice words and nice photo.

jennyfreckles said...

Lovely sentiment, though it seems an odd verse for a college campus.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Something to think about. There is now way that a stone like that could be set in Oklahoma!

Cezar and Léia said...

Very impressive words!
And your picture is beautiful, in a lovely sunny day!
How nice!
Léia

Jacob and Lois Anne said...

Interesting quotation although I'm not sure I agree with it. But what's a college for except to be exposed to new ideas and understandings and have the opportunity to test those ideas against reality ... scientifically, of course?

Hope you're having a good weekend!

Lynette said...

Interesting, very interesting, Lois. I wonder what college-age folks think of having it there on the campus. When I was that age, I doubt I'd have given such ideas much attention.

Lucy the Cat said...

I like the words. I think they mean it about former students but maybe not. I like the way you captured it against the pretty college campus.

Jack said...

Yes, I'm much like the others. It is an interesting thought, and an odd decision to place it on a college campus.

Small City Scenes said...

I like the words too and I like Lucy's idea about it. MB

BobbieG said...

The quote, though appropriately chosen, is apparently inaccurate. By most accounts, Aristophanes wrote, "Your lost friends are not dead, but gone before, advanced a stage or two upon that road which you must travel in the steps they trod." Perhaps trivial, but the omission of the word 'lost' alters the meaning significantly for me. Misquotes on monuments are everywhere, and due to their nature of permanence, are bound to influence many generations to come. It's unfortunate, and more so, that no one is willing to correct them because it would cost so much to fix.

Lois said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog BobbieG. You make a good point! I'm not sure this particular stone is even here anymore because I think this whole area was redone a few years ago. I will have to go back and check.

BobbieG said...

What I gather from online reading is that it was originally the focal point of a bench seating area with a fountain and koi fish pond. It was reduced to just the stone memorial during the rebuilding of Ruby Diamond auditorium. Here's a link with more info that may interest you. Thanks for your quick response.
http://tinyurl.com/p8jpy4n