in Barchester Towers

Chapter 50 – The Archdeacon is Satisfied with the State of Affairs

nil admirari

Latin, “to be surprised at nothing.”  The archdeacon is asked by Mr. Harding whether he will be surprised at the coming revelation regarding Eleanor; Dr. Grantly, who still believes her to be in love with Mr. Slope, is surprised when it turns out that she is not, in fact, engaged to him.  Nil admirari is an attitude advocated by Horace as the best manner of remaining happy, by refusing to marvel at anything.  [JM 2005]

Sources: Horace, Epistles 1.6.1.