The Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers (Google eBook)

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H. G. Bohn, 1853 - Philosophers - 488 pages
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offers a load of information on little known, as well as well known philosophers of the Hellenistic Era that is difficult to find anywhere else.

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Contents

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V
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VII
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VIII
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Page 404 - Talk not of life, or ransom (he replies): Patroclus dead, whoever meets me, dies: In vain a single Trojan sues for grace; But least, the sons of Priam's hateful race. Die then, my friend! what boots it to deplore? The great, the good Patroclus is no more! He, far thy better, was foredoom'd to die, And thou, dost thou bewail mortality?
Page 305 - Stoics say that as a stick must be either straight or crooked, so a man must be either just or unjust...
Page 4 - Thus the bands of government, which were naturally loose among that rude and turbulent people, were happily corroborated by the terrors of their superstition. No species of superstition was ever more terrible than that of the Druids. Besides the severe penalties, which it was in the power of the ecclesiastics to inflict in this world, they inculcated the eternal transmigration of souls; and thereby extended their authority as far as the fears of their timorous votaries.
Page 317 - Two habitable seats for human kind, And, 'cross their limits, cut a sloping way, Which the twelve signs in beauteous order sway. Two poles turn round the globe ; one...
Page 401 - From the clear vein a stream immortal flow'd, Such stream as issues from a wounded god : Pure emanation ! uncorrupted flood ; Unlike our gross, diseas'd, terrestrial blood : (For not the bread of man their life sustains, Nor wine's inflaming juice supplies their veins.) With tender shrieks the goddess fill'd the place, And dropt her offspring from her weak embrace.
Page 3 - The religion of the Britons was one of the most considerable parts of their government ; and the Druids, who were their priests, possessed great authority among them. Besides ministering at the altar, and directing all religious duties, they presided over the education of youth...
Page 188 - On one occasion he was asked how much educated men were superior to those uneducated ; " As much," said he, " as the living are to the dead.
Page 344 - And the counsel of Ahithophel, which he counselled in those days, was as if a man had enquired at the oracle of God: so was all the counsel of Ahithophel both with David and with Absalom.
Page 324 - But neither mead nor plain supplies, to feed The sprightly courser, or indulge his speed: To sea-surrounded realms the gods assign Small tract of fertile lawn, the least to mine.
Page 231 - If you are a rich man, whenever you please; and if you are a poor man, whenever you can.

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