Sapere aude - Dare to be wise
It is our aim to teach boys to think for themselves and to develop a true sense of scholarship.
The School’s motto, Sapere aude - which translates as 'dare to be wise' - was first used by Horace, the Roman Poet, in his book of Epistles, but it became better known in the eighteenth century, after the publication of an essay entitled Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment by the Philosopher Immanuel Kant.
In it, he writes: 'Enlightenment is man's emergence from his self-imposed immaturity. Immaturity is the inability to use one's own understanding without another's guidance. This immaturity is self-imposed if its cause lies not in lack of understanding but in indecision and lack of courage to use one's own mind without another's guidance. Dare to know! "Have the courage to use your own understanding," is therefore, the motto of the enlightenment.’
Our goal at MGS is to educate young men and to equip them to have the courage to use the understanding they gain from this.
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