Wednesday, January 27, 2016



Ralph Waldo Emerson, Journal (May 1849):
I hate quotation. Tell me what you know.
Diogenes Laertius, Lives of the Philosophers 10.26 (tr. R.D. Hicks):
Epicurus was a most prolific author and eclipsed all before him in the number of his writings: for they amount to about three hundred rolls, and contain not a single citation from other authors; it is Epicurus himself who speaks throughout.

γέγονε δὲ πολυγραφώτατος ὁ Ἐπίκουρος, πάντας ὑπερβαλλόμενος πλήθει βιβλίων· κύλινδροι μὲν γὰρ πρὸς τοὺς τριακοσίους εἰσί. γέγραπται δὲ μαρτύριον ἔξωθεν ἐν αὐτοῖς οὐδέν, ἀλλ᾿ αὐτοῦ εἰσιν Ἐπικούρου φωναί.

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