Jan Amos KOMENSKÝ - life, work, legacy

Regulae vitae


Regulae vitae I sapientis, II harmonicae, III tranquillae, IV actuosae, V negotiis obrutae, VI liberaliter otiosae, VII peregrinantis denique


Rules for a life that is I wise, II harmonious, III peaceful, IV active, V overwhelmed with business, VI free of work, VII and given to motion


Origin of the work:
1645 Elbląg

1655 Nuremberg

1876 Prague, Pravidla života, in: J. A. Komenského Drobnější spisy některé, Czech translation by F. J. Zoubek

1911 Brno, Veškeré spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VI

1947 Prague, Pravidla života, Czech translation by J. Hendrich

1974 Prague, J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 13



As was the custom among students of the time, the young nobleman Kristián Ambrož Kochlewski asked for a written memento from his teacher. Comenius acceded, but the result far exceeded the limits of the then normal inscription in a memorial volume. This is the handbook that Comenius composed for the student, who had lived for a year in his teacher’s house, where Comenius had accepted him into his care, and prepared his journey abroad. The authorconcisely but fully sets out a system of fundamentals for life, imbued with a deep wisdom. Reflected within it is not only Comenius’ ideal of what a young, educated man should be, but also the moral depth of the author.


For further study, see also:

J. A. Comenii Opera omnia, vol. 13. Prague 1974, p281

Veškeré spisy J. A. Komenského, vol. VI. Brno 1911, pp169-171

J. V. Novák & J. Hendrich, Jan Amos Komenský, jeho život a spisy. Prague 1932, pp380-381

Jan Kumpera, Jan Amos Komenský, poutník na rozhraní věků. Prague & Ostrava 1992, pp293-294



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