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.
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.
…….. 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.
It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
The art of living well and the art of dying well are one.
The kindest benefactors have no recollection of the good they do, and are surprised when men thank them for it.
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.
“We do not so much need the help of our friends as the confidence of their help in need.”
We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink.
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 tortoiseshell against his head. Poor Aeschylus died from this tragic occurrence.
Aeschylus left behind 90 plays of which only seven survived, these 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.
Qoutes Granary: Aeschylus
Everyone’s quick to blame the alien.
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.
“Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.”
Hell to ships, hell to men, hell to cities.
“Honour thy father and thy mother” stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness.
He hears but half, that hears one party only.
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.
I would far rather be ignorant than wise in the foreboding of evil.
It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.
Learning is ever in the freshness of its youth, even for the old.
Oaths are not the cause why a man is believed, but the character of a man is the cause why the oath is believed.
Success is man’s god.
Time as he grows old teaches many lessons.
Words are the physicians of a mind diseased.
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.
Best of all things is water; but gold, like a gleaming fire, by night outshines all pride of wealth beside.
Days to come are the wisest witnesses.
Learn what you are and be such.
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.
To be envied is a nobler fate than to be pitied.
Whatever is beautiful is beautiful by necessity.
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?
“One loyal friend is worth 10 thousand relatives”
There is just one life for each of us: our own.
Silver and gold are not the only coin; virtue too passes current all over the world.
To a father waxing old nothing is dearer than a daughter; sons have spirits of higher pitch, but less inclined to sweet endearing fondness.
Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.
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.
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 🙂