Category: Ancient Greek Supremo

Democritus – Father of Modern Science?!!!

 

Democritus by Luca Giordano

Democritus – Father of Modern Science?!!!

Democritus created a vast body of work, unfortunately only minimal amount survived.

Democritus is considered by many to be the Father of Modern Science’ because of his philosophical approach as being scientific rationality.  He was one of the founders of the Atomist philosophy.

He was also known as the Laughing Philosopher because of his emphasis on the merits of being cheerful.

(He sounds like a very interesting man)

Democritus Quotes:

Man is a microcosm of the universe.
– Democritus

The brave man is he who overcomes not only his enemies but his pleasures.
– Democritus (460 – 370 BC)

There are many who know many things, yet are lacking in wisdom.
– Democritus

Epicurus

 

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For Epicurus (Ancient Greek Philosopher 341-270 BC), the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by ataraxia—peace and freedom from fear—and aponia—the absence of pain—and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and evil; death is the end of both body and soul and should therefore not be feared; the gods do not reward or punish humans; the universe is infinite and eternal; and events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

 

 

 

Epicureanism 

A beneficent person is like a fountain watering the earth, and spreading fertility; it is, therefore, more delightful and more honorable to give than receive.
—Epicurus.
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Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
– Epicurus

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It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
~Epicurus
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The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
– Epicurus
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The kindest benefactors have no recollection of the good they do, and are surprised when men thank them for it.
– Epicurus
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Vain is the word of a philosopher which does not heal any suffering of man. For just as there is no profit in medicine if it does not expel the diseases of the body, so there is no profit in philosophy either, if it does not expel the suffering of the mind.
– Epicurus
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“We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.”
— Epicurus

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We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.
– Epicurus

Aeschylus – Father of Tragedy (c.525-456 BC)

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 Aeschylus – Father of Tragedy (c.525-456 BC)

Aeschylus is often called the father of tragedy.

Apparently he did not only write tragedies, there was a legend that his life ended up in tragedy.

The legend goes that Aeschylus went to Gela in Sicily to retire and indulge in a bit of R&R (rest and relaxation) contemplating the world.

One day he was really in a very deep meditation that he had fallen asleep in a Buddhaesque sitting position.

Out of nowhere an eagle flew over him and mistook him for a rock and started smashing a tortoise shell against his head.  Poor Aeschylus died from this tragic occurrence.

Aeschylus left behind 90 plays of which only seven survived, this plays are now the starting point when researching the history of tragedy. He was the first of the triumvirate of ancient Greek tragedians. The other two being Sophocles and Euripides.

Aeschylus’ Quotes:

Everyone’s quick to blame the alien.
– Aeschylus

Few men have the natural strength to honour a friend’s success without envy. . . . I well know that mirror of friendship, shadow of a shade.
– Aeschylus
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“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”
~Aeschylus
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Hell to ships, hell to men, hell to cities.
– Aeschylus
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“Honour thy father and thy mother” stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.
– Aeschylus
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He hears but half, that hears one party only.
— Aeschylus
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He who learns must suffer.  And even in our sleep pain that cannot forget falls drop by drop upon the heart, and in our own despite, against our will, comes wisdom to us by the awful grace of God.
– Aeschylus
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I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.
– Aeschylus
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It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
~Aeschylus
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Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.
– Aeschylus
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Oaths are not the cause why a man is believed, but the character of a man is the cause why the oath is believed.
—Aeschylus.

Success is man’s god.
– Aeschylus
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Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.
– Aeschylus
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Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.
– Aeschylus

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Pindar, The Lyric Poet

Engraving of Pindar by AB Walter, Photo by Hulton

 

Pindar  was an ancient Greek lyric poet from Thebes, who lived from c. 522 -443 BC.

He was one of world’s first great writers on sports.

He would compose a poem to celebrate the prowess of the winners of athletic contests, like those of the Olympics.  His style of poetry was that of an ode, a praise poem,  and he was, therefore, the inventor of that poetic form.

 

Pindar Quoted:

Best of all things is water; but gold, like a gleaming fire, by night outshines all pride of wealth beside.
– Pindar

Days to come are the wisest witnesses.

Learn what you are and be such.
-Pindar

There are many sharp shafts in the quiver under my arm.
They speak to the understanding; for most men, they need interpreters.
The wise man knows many things by nature: the vulgar are taught.
They will say anything. They clatter vainly like crows against the divine bird of Zeus.
– Pindar

To be envied is a nobler fate than to be pitied.
– Pindar
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Whatever is beautiful is beautiful by necessity.
– Pindar
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WRAPT up in error is the human mind,
And human bliss is ever insecure;
Know we what fortune yet remains behind?
Know we how long the present shall endure?
– Pindar.
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Euripides (485 – 406 BC)

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A bad beginning makes a bad ending.
Euripides

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 A friend Welded into our life is more to us Than twice five-thousand kinsmen, one in blood.
– Euripides

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Friends show their love in time of trouble, not in happiness.
~Euripides

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It is a good thing to be rich, and it is a good thing to be strong, but it is a better thing to be loved of many friends.
~Euripides

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Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other.
– Euripides

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Love makes the time pass. Time makes love pass.
– Euripides

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“Noble fathers have noble children.”
– Euripides
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“One loyal friend is worth 10 thousand relatives”
~Euripides

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There is just one life for each of us:  our own.
~Euripides

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Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
– Euripides
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To a father waxing old nothing is dearer than a daughter; sons have spirits of higher pitch, but less inclined to sweet endearing fondness.
—Euripides.
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Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
– Euripides
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When good men die their goodness does not perish, but lives though they are gone. As for the bad, all that was theirs dies and is buried with them.
– Euripides
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Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Today the friendly & helpful supervisor was on duty again at Golders Green Underground train station. Felllow commuters and Tube travelllers look forward tot he quotes he writes on one of the   station information boards – more interesting than notice about  travel delays etc 🙂

Action Speaks Louder Than Words

Golders Green Tube Thought for the day

Golders Green Tube Thought for the day

Aristophanes – Greek Dramatist

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Aristophanes (c.448 B.C.–c.388 B.C), Greek playwright and comic poet, whose surviving plays are the only extant examples of Greek Old Comedy. Exact details of his birthplace and life are not known, but most likely he was educated in and lived in Athens. Besides his many dramatic works, much poetry is attributed to him.

 

 

 

 

 

A man may learn wisdom even from a foe.
– Aristophanes
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The wise learn many things from their enemies.
– Aristophanes
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There is nothig so resistless as a woman in her ire,
She is wilder than a leopard, she is fiercer than a fire.
– Aristophanes
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Heraclitus – The Weeping Philosopher

Heraclitus by
Johan Moreelse (after 1602–1634

Heraclitus of Ephesus (c. 535 – c. 475 BCE) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher, a native of the Greek city Ephesus, Ionia, on the coast of Asia Minor. He was of distinguished parentage.

Little is known about his early life and education, but he regarded himself as self-taught and a pioneer of wisdom.

From the lonely life he led, and still more from the riddling nature of his philosophy and his contempt for humankind in general, he was called “The Obscure” and the “Weeping Philosopher”.

Heraclitus – The Weeping Philosopher

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Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.
– Heraclitus

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A man’s character is his fate.

– Heraclitus

All things move and nothing remains still.

– Heraclitus

All men whilst they are awake are in one common world: but each of then, when he is asleep, is in a world of his own.

– Heraclitus


Character is Destiny.
– Heraclitus

Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant.  From all things one and from one all things.

– Heraclitus

Everything flows, and nothing stays still.  You can’t step twice into the same river.

– Heraclitus

God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger.

– Heraclitus


Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character.
– Heraclitus

Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death.
~Heraclitus

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The road up and the road down is one and the same.

Heraclitus

Those who love wisdom must investigate many things.
– Heraclitus

You cannot step twice into the same river; for other waters are ever flowing on to you.

– Heraclitus

Homer

Homer

Homer, the great author of Iliad and Odyssey was a subject of some mystery.

Apparently the novelist Samuel Butler studied Homer extensively. Butler, after taking everything under consideration including the geography and history during Homer’s time, concluded that Homer can only be a WOMAN. LOL

You can read all about it in Butler’s 1897’s The Authoress of the Odyssey.

 

 

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 .”A sympathetic friend can be quite as dear as a brother.”
– Homer

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 Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another. 
~Homer

 It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.
– Homer
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“ Of all the creatures that creep and breathe on earth, there is none more wretched than man. ”
— Homer

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