The Academic Questions: Treatise De Finibus and Tusculan Disputations of M.R. Cicero, with a Sketch of the Greek Philosophers Mentioned by Cicero

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G. Bell and Daldy, 1872 - Ethics - 474 pages

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Page 264 - Oh stay, O pride of Greece ! Ulysses stay ! Oh cease thy course, and listen to our lay ! Blest is the man ordain'd our voice to hear, The song instructs the soul, and charms the ear. Approach ! thy soul shall into raptures rise ! Approach ! and learn new wisdom from the wise ! We know whate'er the kings of mighty name Achieved at Ilion in the field of fame ; Whate'er beneath the sun's bright journey lies.
Page 327 - Yet if, as holiest men have deemed, there be A land of souls beyond that sable shore, To shame the doctrine of the Sadducee And sophists, madly vain of dubious lore; How sweet it were in concert to adore With those who made our mortal labours light ! To hear each voice we feared to hear no more ! Behold each mighty shade revealed to sight, The Bactrian, Samian sage, and all who taught the right!
Page 337 - ... to be an evil, which is an appointment of the immortal gods, or of nature, the common parent of all. For it is not by hazard or without design that we have a being here...
Page 364 - ... consist of soul and body, the art of curing and preserving the body should be so much sought after, and the invention of it, as being so useful, should be ascribed to the immortal gods ; but the medicine of the soul should neither be the object of inquiry, whilst it was unknown, nor so much...
Page 114 - ... wisdom is the only thing which can relieve us from the sway of the passions and the fear of danger, and which can teach us to bear the injuries of fortune itself with moderation, and which shows us all the ways which lead to tranquillity and peace...
Page xxv - He taught in the Cynosarges. a gymnasium for the use of Athenians born of foreign mothers ; whence probably his followers were called Cynics («mirai), though others derive their name from their dog-like neglect of all forms and usages of society.
Page 454 - Several men, being sent in with scythes, cleared the way, and made an opening for us. When we could get at it, and were come near to the front of the pedestal, I found the inscription, though the latter parts of all the verses were effaced almost half away. Thus one of the noblest cities of Greece, and one which at one time likewise had been very celebrated for learning, had known nothing of the monument of its greatest genius, if it had not been discovered to them by a native of Arpinum.
Page 390 - The scale of conquest ever wavering lies, Great Jove but turns it, and the victor dies ! The great, the bold, by thousands daily fall, And endless were the grief, to weep for all. Eternal sorrows what avails to shed ? Greece honours not with solemn fasts the dead : Enough, when death demands the brave, to pay The tribute of a melancholy day.
Page 337 - ... of life, was to fall into an eternal evil by death. Let us rather infer, that we have a retreat and haven prepared for us, which I wish we could make for with crowded sails ; but though the winds should not serve, yet we shall of course gain it, though somewhat later.
Page 416 - So stalks in arms the grisly god of Thrace, When Jove to punish faithless men prepares, And gives whole nations to the waste of wars. Thus march'd the chief, tremendous as a god ; Grimly he...

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