September 15, 2010


There is no contemptible occupation, as long as it is not credited with any importance it does not have.

Escolios a un Texto Implícito: Selección, p. 307


  1. The original Spanish is:

    No hay oficio despreciable, mientras no se le atribuya importancia que no tiene.

  2. This is a good illustration, I think, of two of Gómez Dávila's main concerns: hierarchy and value. In this aphorism, every occupation has value, but its value also depends on its being in its proper place within a greater hierarchy of values.