Looking for a known Greek/Roman quote/saying that expresses the opinion why the humanities are the only worthwhile subjects to study.

Yes, dad. I know studying Philosophy is a waste of time but as the Ancients said "____".

Something like the only worthwhile object of study is Man himself.

Googling around Greek, study, man was pretty uninformative, the only result I ended up with was Protagoras' Man is the measure of all things which means something entirely different.

I originally saw this in a work of fiction, but can't remember the phrase, whether if it was a straight out reference to a known quote or if it was just paraphrasing what was probably the position of ancient Greek scholars.

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it does not seem to be on topic. Commented Apr 28, 2018 at 15:31
  • 'Man is the measure of all things' is pretty close. Commented Apr 28, 2018 at 16:27
  • Alexander Pope: "The proper study of mankind is man," and he may have been quoting the classics. It would be worth posting this, or a similar question, on the Latin Stack Exchange.
    – Hugh
    Commented Apr 29, 2018 at 3:09

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The proper study of Mankind is Man. - Alexander Pope - BrainyQuote.


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