The lives and opinions of eminent philosophers, tr. by C.D. Yonge

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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 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 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 155 - By justice sway'd, by tender pity press'd: 111 fits it me, whose friends are sunk to beasts, To quaff thy bowls, or riot in thy feasts. Me would'st thou please? for them thy cares employ, And them to me restore, and me to joy.
Page 393 - Aristoxenus in his Historical Notes affirms that Plato wished to burn all the writings of Democritus that he could collect, but that Amyclas and Clinias the Pythagoreans prevented him, saying that there was no advantage in doing so, for already the books were widely circulated.
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 28 - Solon used to say that laws were like cobwebs, for that if any trifling or powerless thing fell into them, they held it fast ; while if it were something weightier, it broke through them and was off.
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.

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