Thomas Aquinas - bos mutus 
Friday, September 28, 2007, 05:33 PM - Medieval jokes and anecdotes
THIS extraordinary person, like many men
of great talents, showed in his early youth none of
that liveliness and vivacity of disposition which is
but too often mistaken for quick parts. He was
called by his companions “bos mutus” (silent ox),
but his master, Albert the Great,
more capable of distinguishing,
used to say of him to those who gave
him that odious appellation: “The learned bellowing
of this silent ox will one day fill up the universe".

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