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Gaudeamus

 

(from Latin, “let us rejoice”), the name of a Latin medieval student song. It was also popular in later centuries among students of several countries, including pre-revolutionary Russia. It began with the words Gaudeamus igitur, juvenes dum sumus (“Let us rejoice while we are young”); it extolled life, youth, and knowledge.

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During that same period, the historian Jules Michelet declared, "Thanks to the railway, the medicine of the future will be a preventive emigration." (2.) See Seneca, De brevitate vitae [On the brevity of life].