Pythagoras, When He Was Asked What Time Was, Answered That It Was The Soul Of This World.
Pythagoras, when he was asked what time was, answered that it was
the soul of this world.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD)
-- Platonic Questions, viii, 4
When Demosthenes was asked what was the first part of oratory, he answered, "Actio
and which was the second, he replied, "Action;" and which was the third, he still answered, "Action....
A prating barber asked Archelaus how he would be trimmed.
He answered, "In silence." -- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Archelau...
As Meander says, "For our mind is God;" and as Heraclitus, "Man's genius is a deity.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Platonic Questions, i...
Diogenes the Cynic, when a little before his death he fell into a slumber, and his physician rousing him out of it asked him whether anything ailed him, wisely answered, "Nothing, si
only one brother anticipates another,--Sleep before Death....
When one asked him what boys should learn, "That," said he, "which they shall use when men.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Laconic Apophthegms, Of Agesilaus the Grea...
Pythagoras used to say that he had received as a gift from Mercury the perpetual transmigration of his soul, so that it was constantly transmigrating and passing into all sorts of plants or animals.
-- Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) -- Pythagoras, iv...
He that knows not what the world is, knows not where he is himself.
He that knows not for what he was made, knows not what he is nor what the world is....
Asked what he gained from philosophy, he answered, "To do without being commanded what others do from fear of the laws.
-- Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) -- Aristotle, xi...
Lampis, the sea commander, being asked how he got his wealth, answered, "My greatest estate I gained easily enough, but the smaller slowly and with much labour.
-- Plutarch (46-120 AD) -- Whether an Aged Man ought to meddle in State Affai...