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Non scholae, sed vitae discimus is a Latin phrase meaning We do not learn for the school, but for life, meaning that one should not gain knowledge and skill to please a teacher or master, but because of the benefits they will gain in their life.

This is the motto of many schools, all over the world, possibly in the abbreviated form Non scholae, sed vitae. Among them are Adelaide High School, Archbishop Molloy High School, Carroll College (Montana), the Convent of the Visitation, Hathaway Brown School, Hermann-Böse-Gymnasium, State University - Higher School of Economics, Hugo Treffner Gymnasium, Istanbul Bilgi University, Mount Hermon School Darjeeling, Oslo katedralskole, Plymouth High School for Girls, Queen's College, Taunton, Sir Winston Churchill High School, Southland Boys' High School, Spence School, the University of Nueva Caceres, the student council of Multi course school in South Iceland and West Elgin Secondary School, Cendrawasih Catholic High School, Makassar, Indonesia .

The motto is the inversion of the original, a lamentation by the Roman philosopher and playwright Seneca, in reproaching armchair philosophers: Non vitae sed scholae discimus.[1]


  1. ^ Lucius Annaeus Seneca, Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, Epistula CVI.


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