On the off chance that things were getting a bit too stuffy around here, I’ll offer a little gem from the Confessions:
“I read and understood by myself all the books that I could find on the so-called liberal arts, for in those days I was a good-for-nothing, and a slave to sordid ambitions”
Augustine, Confessions, trans. R.S. Pine-Coffin (New York: Penguin Books, 1961), 88.