Hence the point of Timon's allusion[5] in the lines: Again there is the latest and most shameless of the physicists, the schoolmaster's son[6] from Samos, himself the most uneducated of mortals. For this earns most gratitude; the headstrong spirit often flashes forth with harmful bane. Lives of the eminent philosophers - wikisource, Apr 12, 2012 Lives of the Eminent Philosophers. The growth of strength in man is nature's work; but to set forth in speech the interests of one's country is the gift of soul and reason. His wife was Lysida, whom he called Melissa. 40. By boxing feats the olive chaplet won. There is preserved a work by Pherecydes of Syros, a work which begins thus: "Zeus and Time and Earth were from all eternity, and Earth was called Γῆ because Zeus gave her earth (γῆ) as guerdon (γέρας)." A conspirator against you might arise from a quite unexpected quarter, say, one who had fears for his personal safety or one who disliked your timorous dread of anything and everything. 36. 54. 109. And he who admonishes the young to live well and the old to make a good end speaks foolishly, not merely because of the desirableness of life, but because the same exercise at once teaches to live well and to die well. To all the world if I be mad or no. Diogenes Laertius. 24. 63. But Aristoxenus in his work On Pythagoras and his School affirms that he died a natural death and was buried by Pythagoras in Delos; another account again is that he died of a verminous disease, that Pythagoras was also present and inquired how he was, that he thrust his finger through the doorway and exclaimed, "My skin tells its own tale," a phrase subsequently applied by the grammarians as equivalent to "getting worse," although some wrongly understand it to mean "all is going well." But to attribute any and every magnitude to the atoms does not help to explain the differences of quality in things; moreover, in that case atoms large enough to be seen ought to have reached us, which is never observed to occur; nor can we conceive how its occurrence should be possible, i.e. Wherefore I will go forth out of their midst as the sole opponent of Pisistratus; and let them, if they like, become his bodyguard." Thus Epicurus spake, and breathed his last. You, however, are so fond of home that you seldom visit Ionia and have no longing to see strangers, but, as I hope, apply yourself to one thing, namely writing, while we, who never write anything, travel all over Hellas and Asia. Lucr. For neither the one explanation nor the other is in conflict with facts, 99. and it is not easy to see in which cases the effect is due to one cause or to the other. And those who have not fully accepted this, in proportion as they have not done so, will be ill acquainted with these very subjects, nor have they secured the end for which they ought to be studied.". 1. But he seems to have mislaken the meaning of πρῶτος ἔφορος and to have rashly inferred from it that it was Chilon who introduced the ephorate. ], 74. 141. [133] 127. 59-61, where Lacydes is made the founder of the New Academy, although other authorities, e.g. [It is clear, then, that he also makes the worlds perishable, as their parts are subject to change. A wingèd arrow laid the preacher low. The parts of the atom are incapable of motion; cf. When the Phocaean said that we must search for a good man, Pittacus rejoined, "If you seek too carefully, you will never find him." "How do we know that this is a man?" iv. They prohibit personal ornament and the wearing of gold. Lucr. Such he was: he gave his sister Batis to Idomeneus to wife, and himself took Leontion the Athenian courtesan as his concubine. "Follow in their track," said he. Thales the Sage died as he was watching an athletic contest from heat, thirst, and the weakness incident to advanced age. Hence on the departure of the soul it loses sentience. I laid my arms down before the generals' quarters and told the people that I was wiser than those who did not see that Pisistratus was aiming at tyranny, and more courageous than those who shrank from resisting him. According to some he was the inventor of the anchor and the potter's wheel. Heraclides of Pontus, in his De mortua, makes him say this at Sicyon in conversation with Leon, who was the prince of that city or of Phlius. He afterwards ordered four more to go in pursuit of the two, kill them and bury them; again, he dispatched a larger number in pursuit of the four. He also wrote poems in elegiac metre, some 600 lines, and a prose work On Laws for the use of the citizens. The first complete English translation in … 2. Being asked what is difficult, he replied, "To know oneself." "Hence we must attend to present feelings and sense perceptions, whether those of mankind in general or those peculiar to the individual, and also attend to all the clear evidence available, as given by each of the standards of truth. "Hence, since such a course is of service to all who take up natural science, I, who devote to the subject my continuous energy and reap the calm enjoyment of a life like this, have prepared for you just such an epitome and manual of the doctrines as a whole. For surely Solon of Athens and I would scarcely be sane if, after having sailed to Crete to pursue our inquiries there, and to Egypt to confer with the priests and astronomers, we hesitated to come to you. For infinity of worlds follows from the infinity of (a) atoms, (b) space; see. 89. It is better, in short, that what is well judged in action should not owe its successful issue to the aid of chance. Elsewhere he says the earth is supported on the air. Chilon was an old man about the 52nd Olympiad, when Aesop the fabulist was flourishing. Pherecydes, the son of Babys, and a native of Syros according to Alexander in his Successions of Philosophers, was a pupil of Pittacus. For what is finite has an extremity, and the extremity of anything is discerned only by comparison with something else. Further, we must keep in mind that soul has the greatest share in causing sensation. "For the presentations which, e.g., are received in a picture or arise in dreams, or from any other form of apprehension by the mind or by the other criteria of truth, would never have resembled what we call the real and true things, had it not been for certain actual things of the kind with which we come in contact. Wheel-like, his pillars bore his soul on high; Death is nothing to us; for the body, when it has been resolved into its elements, has no feeling, and that which has no feeling is nothing to us. Such, then, in number and character are the writings of Epicurus, the best of which are the following: The views expressed in these works I will try to set forth by quoting three of his epistles, in which he has given an epitome of his whole system. Among the things accounted just by conventional law, whatever in the needs of mutual intercourse is attested to be expedient, is thereby stamped as just, whether or not it be the same for all; and in case any law is made and does not prove suitable to the expediencies of mutual intercourse, then this is no longer just. The tradition of the Seven Wise Men and of their meeting at some court, whether of a native tyrant like Periander or of a foreign prince like Croesus, was used by Plato (, If these words are pressed, they contradict the precise statement in Plutarch's. This is an elementary fact which in itself is well worth bearing in mind. He answered various inquiries thus: "What is agreeable?" "Besides, you must not suppose that there are parts unlimited in number, be they ever so small, in any finite body. No one was ever the better for sexual indulgence, and it is well if he be not the worse. Here are other sayings of his: Rest is beautiful. We must not investigate time as we do the other accidents which we investigate in a subject, namely, by referring them to the preconceptions envisaged in our minds; but we must take into account the plain fact itself, in virtue of which we speak of time as long or short, linking to it in intimate connexion this attribute of duration. 97. See 50, 147. 9. And as proof that pleasure is the end he adduces the fact that living things, so soon as they are born, are well content with pleasure and are at enmity with pain, by the prompting of nature and apart from reason. ", Although disguised as Leandrius, the writer meant is Maeandrius, who is known (. He was thus enabled to send the votive offering. Some writers say that the Cretans sacrifice to him as a god; for they say that he had superhuman foresight. Again, not to have a settled occupation is made a crime for which any one may, if he pleases, impeach the offender. He planned a canal across the Isthmus. For troubles and anxieties and feelings of anger and partiality do not accord with bliss, but always imply weakness and fear and dependence upon one's neighbours. When men are being bantered, do not laugh at their expense, or you will incur their hatred. This must remain. Do not laugh at another's misfortune. And mock me for Athenian: "Who is this?" "The turnings of the sun and moon in their course may be due to the obliquity of the heaven, whereby it is forced back at these times. They also laid down laws on the subject of justice, which they ascribed to Hermes; and they deified those animals which are serviceable to man. Lives of the Eminent Philosophers by Diogenes Laertius by Diogenes Laertius and Publisher Oxford University Press. Here too are certain current apophthegms assigned to him: He held there was no difference between life and death. Its founder was Thales, and Anaximander was his pupil. And it may easily be seen that its occurrence is possible in many other ways, so long as we hold fast to facts and take a general view of what is analogous to them. "And let Amynomachus and Timocrates take care of Epicurus, the son of Metrodorus, and of the son of Polyaenus, so long as they study and live with Hermarchus. drink when we are thirsty; while by natural and not necessary he means those which merely diversify the pleasure without removing the pain, as e.g. 16. 143. By "something similar" Epicurus probably means to include sound or noise. i.e. Properly "further within" – a proof that the Scholiast read his Epicurus from a papyrus scroll which had to be unrolled. This is no doubt the Academic philosopher, Ariston of Alexandria, pupil of Antiochus, criticized by Philodemus in his Rhetoric. Sic. Apollo: "Whosoever is most wise."[25]. "To keep a secret, to employ leisure well, to be able to bear an injury." "Hence even the names of things were not originally due to convention,[109] but in the several tribes under the impulse of special feelings and special presentations of sense primitive man uttered special cries. This is the meaning of ἐκπατεῖν in three other passages, iv. At all events here I am in Sardis, being greatly desirous of making your acquaintance. An unsavoury work by a scandal-monger who, to judge from the fragment of bk. Emp. It was due to excess of joy coupled with the weakness of a man stricken in years. One of his sayings is: Speech is the mirror of action; and another that the strongest and most capable is king. 58. A perplexing passage. It were easy for him to do so, if once he were firmly convinced. Let them likewise provide for the maintenance of Metrodorus's daughter,[32] so long as she is well-ordered and obedient to Hermarchus; and, when she comes of age, give her in marriage to a husband selected by Hermarchus from among the members of the School; and out of the revenues accruing to me let Amynomachus and Timocrates in consultation with Hermarchus give to them as much as they think proper for their maintenance year by year. 21. And he sent it to Apollo at Didyma, with this dedication, according to Callimachus: Lord of the folk of Neleus' line, For verily there are gods, and the knowledge of them is manifest; but they are not such as the multitude believe, seeing that men do not steadfastly maintain the notions they form respecting them. Of the songs sung this is attributed to Solon:[50]. "Obscure?" Lucr. There is a story that he did not wish the place where he was buried to be known, and to that end contrived the following device. On the analogy of things within our experience we have declared that the atom has magnitude; and this, small as it is, we have merely reproduced on a larger scale. Continuous pain does not last long in the flesh; on the contrary, pain, if extreme, is present a very short time, and even that degree of pain which barely outweighs pleasure in the flesh does not last for many days together. No end to strife, until it reach the seer And yet again another ends with Theophrastus; thus from Plato it passes to Aristotle, and from Aristotle to Theophrastus. 1. 52. 55. He used to say that those who had influence with tyrants were like the pebbles employed in calculations; for, as each of the pebbles represented now a large and now a small number, so the tyrants would treat each one of those about them at one time as great and famous, at another as of no account. "It seems that after all I was not to confer much benefit on Athenians by my laws, any more than you by purifying the city. But in truth to live in a place where all have equal rights is more to my liking. If all pleasure had been capable of accumulation, – if this had gone on not only by recurrence in time, but all over the frame or, at any rate, over the principal parts of man's nature, there would never have been any difference between one pleasure and another, as in fact there is. said he, "lest they hear and become aware that you are here in the ship." The magnitude of pleasure reaches its limit in the removal of all pain. Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers ( Greek: Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων; Latin: Vitae Philosophorum) is a biography of the Greek philosophers attributed to Diogenes Laërtius, written in Greek, the oldest extant manuscripts of which date from the late 11th to early 12th Centuries. As Bignone remarks, a mathematical series, whether of integers or fractions or powers, might be so described. He flourished, according to Sosicrates, about the 46th Olympiad, in the third year of which he was archon at Athens;[52] it was then that he enacted his laws. ii. The wisest, time, for it brings everything to light. A little while, and the event will show on the knowledge of celestial and atmospheric phenomena), and upon knowing what the heavenly bodies really are, and any kindred facts contributing to exact knowledge in this respect.[112]. [For neither does the divisibility go on "ad infinitum," he says below;[65] but he adds, since the qualities change, unless one is prepared to keep enlarging their magnitudes also simply "ad infinitum. The Milesians, when their embassies were disregarded, made war upon Cos; many fell on both sides, and an oracle pronounced that the tripod should be given to the wisest; both parties to the dispute agreed upon Thales. So much for the sages or wise men.[9]. For if Pisistratus had attacked the Athenians while they were still serfs and before they had good laws, he would have secured power in perpetuity by the enslavement of the citizens. 120a. And the reality of separate perceptions guarantees[46] the truth of our senses. For "proof" and "proving" Bignone substitutes "declaration" and "declare.". 9. For some time he stayed there and gathered disciples, but returned to Athens in the archonship of Anaxicrates. 106. However, if it would give you any pleasure, I am quite willing to discuss the subject of your book with you; and if you bid me come to Syros I will do so. Of songs still sung these verses belong to him: Many words do not declare an understanding heart. The meaning is: "a schoolmaster like his father before him." "The future." Occasionally he may marry owing to special circumstances in his life. There never was an absolute justice, but only an agreement made in reciprocal intercourse in whatever localities now and again from time to time, providing against the infliction or suffering of harm. Or again, by congelation in clouds which have uniform density a fall of snow might occur through the clouds which contain moisture being densely packed in close proximity to each other; and these clouds produce a sort of compression and cause hail, and this happens mostly in spring. Nothing too much; good comes from measure due. The wanderings of certain stars, if such wandering is their actual motion, 113. and the regular movement of certain other stars, may be accounted for by saying that they originally moved in a circle and were constrained, some of them to be whirled round with the same uniform rotation and others with a whirling motion which varied; but it may also be that according to the diversity of the regions traversed in some places there are uniform tracts of air, forcing them forward in one direction and burning uniformly, in others these tracts present such irregularities as cause the motions observed. Hippobotus in his work On Philosophical Sects declares that there are nine sects or schools, and gives them in this order: (1) Megarian, (2) Eretrian, (3) Cyrenaic, (4) Epicurean, (5) Annicerean,[12] (6) Theodorean, (7) Zenonian or Stoic, (8) Old Academic, (9) Peripatetic. There is extant a letter of his to Solon the lawgiver, containing a scheme of government which Minos drew up for the Cretans. When an impious man asked him to define piety, he was silent; and when the other inquired the reason, "I am silent," he replied, "because you are asking questions about what does not concern you.". "Let not idle words prejudice thee against those who have shared thy confidence." For neither has any other enemy of mine suffered; of that you may be sure. 114. 8. The strongest, necessity, for it masters all. Hence also their velocities are enormous, since they always find a void passage to fit them. "In the first place, Herodotus, you must understand what it is that words denote, in order that by reference to this we may be in a position to test opinions, inquiries, or problems, so that our proofs may not run on untested ad infinitum, nor the terms we use be empty of meaning. 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