The History of Lorem Ipsum

Cicero

As a designer, lorem ipsumand its variants — is everywhere. There’s even a “Paste Lorem Ipsum” feature in Photoshop.

Rosie Cima, for Priceonomics:

In the first Century BC, there was a man named Marcus Tullius Cicero. He was a lawyer, statesman, and philosopher, and he was very good at oratory. In fact he might have been the best orator who has ever lived, and the most influential. … Among his works was the De Finibus Bonorum et Malorum (“On the Extremes of Good and Evil”), which includes an excerpt believed to be the source for Lorem Ipsum.

But I like this bit:

The passage, in its entirety, relates to hedonism, and how sometimes we do unpleasant things to reach pleasurable goals, and sometimes indulgence in pleasure can incur painful consequences. The passage concludes, “The wise man therefore always holds in these matters to this principle of selection: he rejects pleasures to secure other greater pleasures, or else he endures pains to avoid worse pains.”

Even though the lorem ipsum passage we use today has been highly bastardized, I have to say that I like having some insight into the meaning behind the original text.