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Quotes and Commentary #1 - Montaigne

“I only quote others to better quote myself.”

—Michel de Montaigne

For many years now, it’s been my habit to write down my favorite quotes from the books I read.

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Eternal Fame, or Specks of Gold in a Sh*theap? - Early Reception of Ennius

In response to a comment about Ennius’ reputation in Joel’s post from yesterday, I began to wonder about the reception of Ennius’ poems.  I remembered that Ennius was cited by practically every (surviving) Roman poet of the Golden Age, but  I could not recall a consistent portrait emerging from these references. 1,791 more words


Epicurean free will

by Tim Harding

Epicurus’ philosophy of mind is perhaps best explained in terms of Epicurean physics.  Epicurus was a materialist who thinks that the natural world is all that exists, so his physics is a general theory of what exists and its nature, including human bodies and minds (O’Keefe 2010: 11-12). 1,412 more words

Essays And Talks

Chapter 4 [part 2]

Satisfied for the moment with this line of reasoning, he stretched arms and legs cat-like, bathing himself luxuriously in the balmy afternoon air, and yawned leisurely, exposing unrepentantly wine-stained teeth. 1,064 more words


The Perils of Popular History: The Swerve -- Greenblatt on Lucretius [2011 CE]

Stephen Greenblatt is a learned Harvard University professor specializing in the Renaissance and Shakespeare. In 2011 CE he won a National Book Award and in 2012 he won a Pulitzer Prize for The Swerve: How the World Became Modern. 588 more words

Chapter 4 [part 1]

Chapter 4: Curiosity & Tranquillity


The warship shoved its stolid beak around the headland, a probing nasal portent, before forcing the rest of its ungainly bulk into the bay in a series of unnatural spasms. 1,021 more words


Happy Twentieth: Woodland Aborigines Invent Music and Dance

Grandfather Nietzsche said that he could never worship–or even trust–a god that didn’t dance. Dance implies letting go, losing our inhibitions and releasing tension, being free.  412 more words