Ancilla to Pre-Socratic Philosophers: A Complete Translation by Kathleen Freeman

By Kathleen Freeman

This ebook is a whole translation of the fragments of the pre-Socratic philosophers given within the 5th variation of Diels, Fragmente der Vorsokratiker.

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128. They (the Hellenes) pray to statues of the gods, that do not hear them, as if they heard, and do not give, just as they cannot ask. 2 129. Pythagoras, son of Mnêsarchus, practised research most of all men, and making extracts from these treatises he compiled a wisdom of his own, an accumulation of learning, a harmful craft. p. 34 130. It is not proper to be so comic that you yourself appear comic. 131. Conceit is the regress (hindrance) of progress. 132. Positions of honour enslave gods and men.

God himself is our overseer, and nothing is impossible for him. 23. Direct your thoughts as if you may live for a long time or a short time. 24. (To stand) surety is the daughter of folly, loss (of money) is the daughter of surety. 25. If you have a pure mind, you will be pure in all your body. 26. If you seek something wise, reflect during the night. 27. All serious thoughts are better discovered during the night. 28. You ace not skilled at speaking: you are only incapable of keeping silent. 29.

2 4. Observe nevertheless how things absent are securely present to the mind; for it will not sever Being from its connection with Being, whether it is scattered everywhere utterly throughout the universe, or whether it is collected together. 5. It is all the same to me from what point I begin, for I shall return again to this same point. p. 43 6. One should both say and think that Being Is; for To Be is possible, and Nothingness is not possible. This I command you to consider; for from the latter way of search first of all I debar you.

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