The Academic Questions, Treatise de Finibus, and Tusculan Disputations, of Marcus Tullius Cicero: With a Sketch of the Greek Philosophers Mentioned by Cicero

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Henry G. Bohn, 1853 - 474 páginas
 

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Página 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...
Página 390 - 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.
Página 365 - ... being generally the attendant on laudable actions, should not be slighted by good men. But popular fame, which would pretend to imitate it, is hasty and inconsiderate, and generally commends wicked and immoral actions, and throws discredit upon the appearance and beauty of honesty by assuming a resemblance of it.
Página 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.
Página 454 - Shall I not, then, prefer the life of Plato and Archytas, manifestly wise and learned men, to his, than which nothing can possibly be more horrid, or miserable, or detestable ? I will present you with an humble and obscure mathematician of the same city, called Archimedes, who lived many years after; whose tomb, overgrown with shrubs and briers, I in my quaestorship discovered, when the Syracusans knew nothing of it, and even denied that there was any such thing remaining...
Página 327 - Yet if, as holiest men have deem'd, 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 fear'd to hear no more ! Behold each mighty shade reveal'd to sight, The Bactrian, Samian sage, and all who taught the right ! IX.
Página 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...
Página 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.
Página 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...
Página 284 - The work is divided into five books ; the first of which teaches us how to contemn the terrors of death, and to look upon it as a blessing rather than an evil. The second, to support pain and affliction with a manly fortitude. The third and fourth, to moderate all our complaints and uneasiness under the accidents of life.

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