Speaking of honest men, he will add ‘so-so,’ and will remark that no one is honest, — all men are alike; indeed, one of his sarcasms is, ‘What an honest fellow!’ Again, he will say that the rascal is ‘a frank man, if one will look fairly at the matter.’ ‘Most of the things that people say of him,’ he admits, ‘are true; but some things’ (he adds) ‘they do not know; namely that he is a clever fellow, and fond of his friends, and a man of tact’; and he will contend in his behalf that he has ‘never met with an abler man.’ He will show him favour, also, when he speaks in the Ecclesia or is at the bar of a court; he is fond, too, of remarking to the bench, ‘The question is of the cause, not the person.’ ‘The defendant,’ he will say, ‘is the watch-dog of the people, — he keeps an eye on evil-doers. He thought he was talking to them and that they were talking back to him through his art.” — Edgar Allan Poe, “Give thanks to unknown blessings already on their way.” –Jimi Hendrix, “In religion and politics people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing.” BE.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Man is, that he might have joy.” When Aristotle was forced to retire from Athens in 323, Theophrastus became the head of the Lyceum, the academy Aristotle had founded. It is just like him, too, when he is paying a debt of thirty minas, to withhold four drachmas. How detestable that set of demagogues is! Dissembling, generally speaking, is an affectation, whether in word or action, intended to … [Thus can the sting of ill temper produce in men the character of insanity and frenzy.]. –Neil deGrasse Tyson, “The ego gets what it wants with words. A polymath and enthusiast of many interests, his studies explored all aspects of human knowledge and experience, especially natural science. Nay, he will endure to be the butt of his own children, when, drowsy at last, they make their request to him in these terms — ‘Papa, chatter to us, that we may fall asleep!’. –William S. Burroughs, “Our deepest fears are like dragons guarding our deepest treasure.” Also he will go up to the sellers of the best horses, and pretend that he desires to buy; or, visiting the upholstery mart, he will ask to see draperies to the value of two talents, and quarrel with his slave for having come out without gold. Theophrastus: Characters | James Diggle, Theophrastus | download | B–OK. –Mike Zonta, H.W., M. “Truth is the Law of Contradiction, rendering null and void falsidity.” –Mike Zonta, H.W., M. “Someone with little regard for relative truth can hardly be expected to have great regard for universal truth.” — Jacob Needleman. –from the French film “Toi and Moi”. “Nothing that you lose is real. He is not likely to let one eat a fig from his garden, or walk through his land, or pick up one of the olives or dates that lie on the ground; and he will inspect his boundaries day by day to see if they remain the same. No good comes of manifold rule; let the ruler be one: of the rest he is absolutely ignorant. He is apt, also, to buy a little ladder for his domestic jackdaw, and to make a little brass shield, wherewith the jackdaw shall hop upon the ladder. And he will borrow from his acquaintances things of a kind that no one would ask back, — or readily take back, if it were proposed to restore them. . If he has been given anything, and has put it away himself, he will look for it and be unable to find it. A compliment was paid to you yesterday at the Stoa. Descended from ancient Bombast family of Castle Hohenheim near Stuttgart, Wurtemberg. He will state, too, that in the famine his outlay came to more than five talents in presents to the distressed citizens: (‘he never could say No’;) and actually, although the persons sitting near him are strangers, he will request one of them to set up the counters; when, reckoning by sums of six hundred drachmas or of a mina, and plausibly assigning names to each of these, he will make a total of as many as ten talents. — Mario Andretti, “We see things not as they are, but as we are.” –Joseph Campbell, “When people asked [Jacques Cousteau], ‘Well, Captain, what do you expect to find?’ he always said, ‘If I knew, I wouldn’t go.’” He will seize the opportunity of taking his boys to the play, when the lessees of the theatre grant free admission. Theophrastus' Characters enjoyed a long life throughout antiquity and were prone to epitomizing as papyri, testimonies and a complex manuscript tradition remind us. — Cool Lester Smooth from “The Wire”, “God is a circle whose center is everywhere and circumference nowhere.” Jebb, 1870. The Penurious man is one who, while the month is current, will come to one’s house and ask for a half-obol. –Sir Winston Churchill as revised by Mike Zonta, H.W., M. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” Wearing a cloak which does not reach the knee, he will sit down. Whenever a person has made a good bargain for him and charges him with it, he will say that it is too dear. Late-learning would seem to mean the pursuit of exercises for which one is too old. –Buddha, “Translation [and Releasing the Hidden Splendour] is a form of worship.” – Barack Obama, “Give me some TRUTH!” –bumper sticker, “One thing that comes out in myths is that at the bottom of the abyss comes the voice of salvation. The Shameless man is one who, in the first place, will and borrow from the creditor whose money he is withholding. (Harvard, 1929) 5, on breaches of the ‘rule of the infinitive’ elsewhere after οἷος. He is apt, also, not to send his children to school when there is a festival of the Muses, but say that they are unwell, in order that they may not contribute. When he is at table with others, he will count how many cups each of them has drunk; and will pour a smaller libation to Artemis than any of the company. He will propose a walk to those who have just come off a long journey. –skateboarder in San Francisco, “Thank God our time is now, when wrong comes up to meet us everywhere, never to leave us till we take the longest stride of soul men ever took.” Irony, roughly defined, would seem to be an affectation of the worse in word … 8 accounts for the ‘rule of the infinitive’ being broken. He will play at tableaux vivants with his footman; and will have matches of archery and javelin-throwing with his children’s attendant, whom he exhorts, at the same time, to learn from him, — as if the other knew nothing about it either. –William Blake in The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, “Love well, be loved and do something of value.” Descended from ancient Bombast family of Castle Hohenheim near Stuttgart, Wurtemberg. Buy Study Guide. –J.D. When he has been taking part in a procession of the knights, he will give the rest of his accoutrements to his slave to carry home; but, after putting on his cloak, will walk about the market-place in his spurs. –Mike Zonta, H.W., M. “The world is not here to make you happy. A Greek text is freely available; cf. –Henri Cartier-Bresson, “Love? Unseasonableness consists in a chance meeting disagreeable to those who meet. Poor fellow! –Mike Zonta, H.W., M. “[B]y man came death. If he has anything for sale, instead of informing the buyers at what price he is prepared to sell it, he will ask them what he is to get for it. you have seen it in a moment’; or ‘I have been watching you all along to see if you would come to the same conclusion as I did’; and other such cues will he make for himself, so that his victim has not even breathing-time. Translated by R.C. –Michael Kelly. –Mother Teresa, “Loneliness is the poverty of self, solitude is the richness of self.” –Clint Eastwood. When he is anointing himself at the bath, he will say to the slave-boy, ‘Why, this oil that you have bought is rancid’ — and will use someone else’s. As soon as he sets out on a journey, he will send some one forward to day that he is coming. Edmonds, J. M., Theophrastus: Characters, Loeb, ed. Also he will order his slave, when he attends him, to walk in front and not behind, as a precaution against his running away in the street. The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come. Aye, and when he has prostrated a few lonely stragglers, he is apt to march next upon large, compact bodies, and to rout them in the midst of their occupations. And, in general, he is very apt to use this kind of phrase: ‘I do not believe it’; ‘I do not understand it’; ‘I am astonished.’ Or he will say that he has heard it from some one else: ‘This, however, was not the story that he told me.’ ‘The thing surprises me’; ‘Don’t tell me’; ‘I do not know how I am to disbelieve you, or to condemn him’; ‘Take care that you are not too credulous.’, [Such the speeches, such the doublings and retractions to which the Ironical man will resort. 3. Grumbling is undue censure of one’s portion. When a servant has broken a jug or a plate, he will take the value out of his rations; or, if his wife has dropped a triple-copper coin, he is capable of moving the furniture and the sofas and the wardrobes, and of rummaging in the curtains. Indeed, he will say all manner of injurious things of his friends and relatives, and of the dead; misnaming slander ‘plain speaking,’ ‘democratic,’ ‘independence,’ and making it the chief pleasure of his life. 2, The English Theophrastus, or the Manners of the Age and more from .. theophrastus. –Terence McKenna, “A word after a word after a word is power.” I flatter myself that I can treat you to some news’; and he has a soldier, or a slave of Asteius the fluteplayer, or Lycon the contractor, just arrived from the field of battle, from whom he says that he has heard of it. [T]he better the play is, the more surprising and inevitable the lie is, as Aristotle told us. The Oligarchical temper would seem to consist in a love of authority, covetous, not of gain, but of power. When he has sent his cloak to be scoured, he will keep the house. To be led by a liar is to ask to be lied to. Grossness is not difficult to define; it is obtrusive and objectionable pleasantry. On land also, when he is campaigning, he will call to him those who are going out to the rescue, and bid them come and stand by him and look about them first; saying that it is hard to make out which is the enemy. I live in a world that acts physical.” To be led by a coward is to be controlled by all that the coward fears. “Question:  How old is being? Then the victory is yours. –David Mamet, “If you want to be a writer, you don’t want to live in a comfortable place.” He will pour oil from his flask on the smooth stones at the cross-roads, as he goes by, and will fall on his knees and worship them before he departs. –D.H. 1, employee No. Also he will have his hair cut very frequently, and will keep his teeth white; he will change his clothes, too, while still good; and will anoint himself with unguent. Riding into the country on another’s horse, he will practise his horsemanship by the way; and, falling, will break his head. “The inner children of the past shut up when you listen to them.” different from Wall Street. –Seen on a bumper sticker in Redondo Beach, CA, “At times I think and at times I am.” Every month he will repair to the priests of the Orphic Mysteries, to partake in their rites, accompanied by his wife, or (if she is too busy) by his children and their nurse. “My heart is like a toilet door! If he is cooking a leek himself in the country, he will put salt into the pot twice, and make it uneatable. In fact the authorities for his statements are always such that no one can possibly lay hold upon them. Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères (1688) & Character Writings of the Seventeenth Century (1891). These, again, are traits of his. –Mike Zonta, H.W., M. “Solitude is the cure for loneliness.” He speaks also of having heard privately that the authorities have a man hid in a house who came just five days ago from Macedonia, and who knows it all. Read this book using Google Play Books app on your PC, android, iOS devices. Genre/Form: Early works Early works to 1800: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Theophrastus. When he has seen a vision, he will go to the interpreters of dreams, the seers, the augurs, to ask them to what god or goddess he ought to pray. –Gracie Allen, “Don’t look at me like I’ve gotten old or something like that.” When not projected outward onto others or inward toward the self, it gives us the necessary energy and clarity to understand what needs to be done.” — Anais Nin, “A change in the weather is sufficient to re-create the world and ourselves.” Again, when he has taken places at the theatre for his foreign visitors, he will see the performance without paying his own share; and will bring his sons, too, and their attendants the next day. Said to have been emasculated from infancy which accounts for his beardless face and feminine appearance and hatred of women. I think what they are addicted to essentially is brotherhood. Enter it in your books, for I am too busy to send the money yet,’ — he will reply: ‘Do not trouble yourself; if you are not at leisure, I will accompany you.’. Theophrastus, a Greek philosopher and pupil of Aristotle, was born around 372 BC, died around 287. The report grows firmer and firmer — everyone is agreed — they all give the same account of the battle’; adding that the hash has been dreadful; and that he can tell it, too, from the faces of Government — he observes that they have all changed countenance. He vows that thyme smells sweeter than any perfume; he wears his shoes too large for his feet; he talks in a loud voice. He will help the bakery-maid to grind the corn for the use of the household and for his own; he will eat his breakfast while he shakes down hay for his beasts of burden; he will answer a knock at the door himself, and call the dog to him, and take hold of his nose, saying ‘This fellow looks after the place and the house.’ When he is given a piece of money, he will reject it, saying that it is too smooth, and thereupon will take another instead; and, if he has lent his plough, or a basket or sickle or bag, and remembers it as he lies awake, he will ask it back in the middle of the night. If the fence is too high, we will pole vault in. If his patron is approaching a friend, he will run forward and say, ‘He is coming to you’; and then, turning back, ‘I have announced you.’ He is just the person, too, who can run errands to the women’s market without drawing breath. And so on to foreigners and to those citizens who resemble him in their disposition and their politics. –Robert Graves. –Rainer Maria Rilke, “Everyone has got some preconceptions, but you have to readjust them in front of reality. He will pretend that he has ‘just arrived,’ or that he ‘was too late,’ or that he ‘was unwell.’ To applicants for a loan or a subscription he will say that he has no money; when he has anything for sale, he will deny that he means to sell; or, when he does not mean to sell, he will pretend that he does. He will address himself to a man who has been cast in a surety-suit, and request him to become his security. When anyone comes to ask the loan of cups, he will, if possible, refuse; but, if perchance it is an intimate friend or relation, he will almost assay the cups in the fire, and weigh them, and do everything but take security, before he lends them. As he saunters in the streets, he will decide cases for those who have made him their referee. – Charles Lamb, “If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow.” Also, when the flute is being played to him, he alone of all the company will beat time with his hands, and trill an accompaniment; and will reprove the player, asking why she did not stop sooner. –Kurtis Matthews, San Francisco Comedy College, “Don’t Believe Everything You Think” “Hugging is a form of meditation.” When he has sacrificed an ox, he will nail up the skin of the forehead, wreathed with large garlands, opposite the entrance, in order that those who come in may see that he has sacrificed an ox. When the market-place is full, he will go up to the place where nuts or myrtleberries or fruits are sold, and stand munching while he chatters to the seller. The Boor is one who, having drunk a posset, will go into the Ecclesia. Answer:  It’s not.” The Officious man is one who will rise and promise things beyond his power; and who, when an arrangement is admitted to be just, will oppose it, and be refuted. Cornel West, “We cannot evolve any faster than we evolve our language because you cannot go to places that you cannot describe.” He will do his own marketing, and hire flute-players; moreover, he will show to everyone who meets him the provisions that he has bought, with an invitation to come and eat them; and will explain, as he stands at the door of a barber’s or perfumer’s shop, that he means to get drunk. And, when he is minded to dance, he will seize upon another person who is not yet drunk. Distrustfulness is a presumption that all men are unjust. Boastfulness would seem to be, in fact, pretension to advantages which one does not possess. When he stumbles in the street he is apt to swear at the stone. Cercidas and the Choliambic Poets (Loeb Classical Library), and more on ThriftBooks.com. –Martin Buber, “If you knew all this shit [philosophy], you’d be unfuckwithable.” Your email address will not be published. Everything has meaning.” –Anais Nin, “I’m okay with a US Space Force. When he walks in the streets, he will not speak to those whom he meets, keeping his head bent down, or at other times, when so it pleases him, erect. He will profess to recollect benefits which he has conferred. –Ben Gilberti, H.W., M. “Falling in love is a form of mystical envisioning in which one sees the beloved as he or she is seen through the eyes of God.” Being an individuation of infinite mind, you know what to do, and you will do it; you know what to say, and you will say it; you know what to write and you will write it.” Laertius in his Life of Theophrastus ; an English translation, from a guest staying in his Life Theophrastus! 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