A Beginner's History of Philosophy, Volume 1

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Houghton Mifflin, 1910 - Philosophy - 377 pages
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Awesome history of Democritus and Atomism and Abdera.

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Page 234 - Friend, here it will be well for thee to abide; here pleasure is the highest good," he will find the keeper of that garden a kindly, hospitable man, who will set before him a dish of barley porridge and water in plenty, and say, "Hast thou not been well entertained?
Page 15 - The sixth century was a momentous one for Greece. In both, the East and the West, there arose mighty empires, that threatened to wipe out its civilization. The expansion of the Persian power (on the one hand) had suspended a stone of Tantalus over Hellas, and it seemed likely that Greek civilization might be submerged in an Oriental Monarchy.
Page 167 - If, now in my quiet days, I had youthful faculties at my command, I should devote myself to Greek, in spite of all the difficulties I know : Nature and Aristotle should be my sole study. It is beyond all conception what that man espied, saw, beheld, remarked, observed.
Page 40 - But, when the elements have been mingled in the fashion of a man and come to the light of day, or in the fashion of the race of wild beasts or plants or birds, then men say that these...
Page 30 - God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, satiety and hunger...
Page 383 - I have read Aristotle many times, and I assure you there is nothing of the kind mentioned by him. Go rest in peace; and be certain that the spots which you have seen are in your eyes, and not in the sun.
Page 56 - ... to confront the reality, and builds up, in the shape of an intellectual realm, that same world grasped in its substantial being. When philosophy paints its grey in grey, some one shape of life has meanwhile grown old : and grey in grey, though it brings it into knowledge, cannot make it young again. The owl of Minerva does not start upon its flight until the evening twilight has begun to fall.
Page 148 - Our birth is but a sleep and a forgetting ; The soul that rises in us, our life's star, Hath elsewhere had its setting, And cometh from afar...
Page 30 - You cannot step twice into the same rivers; for fresh waters are ever flowing in upon you.
Page 40 - ... from them produce shapes like unto all things, making trees and men and women, beasts and birds and fishes that dwell in the waters, yea, and gods, that live long lives, and are exalted in honour, — so let not the error prevail over thy mind, that there is any other source of all the perishable creatures that appear in countless numbers.

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