Category: Analects

Analects of the Core: Emerson on the Parthenon as a gem

Earth proudly wears the Parthenon as the best gem among her zone. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Analects of the Core: Pericles on mighty monuments

Mighty indeed are the marks and monuments we have left. Men of the future will wonder at us, as all men do today. – Pericles

Analects of the Core: Emerson on manners and early Greek art

There are men whose manners have the same essential splendor as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon, and the remains of the earliest Greek art. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Analects of the Core: Mercouri on the Parthenon Marbles

In view of Prof. Fred Kleiner’s lecture this Tuesday on the art and politics of the Greek Acropolis, this week’s analects all concern the Athenian Parthenon. You must understand what the Parthenon Marbles mean to us. They are our pride. They are our sacrifices. They are our noblest symbol of excellence. They are a tribute […]

Analects of the Core: Hume on science and learning

The sweetest and most inoffensive path of life leads through the avenues of science and learning; and whoever can either remove any obstruction in this way, or open up any new prospect, ought, so far, to be esteemed a benefactor to mankind. – David Hume, An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding

Analects of the Core: Locke on laws without authority

When any one, or more, shall take upon them to make laws, whom the people have not appointed to do so, they make laws without authority, which the people are not therefore bound to obey… [and] may constitute to themselves a new legislative, being in full liberty to resist the force of those, who without […]

Analects of the Core: Homer on the gods’ attention to Telemakhos

“Reason and heart will give you words, Telemakhos; and a spirit will counsel others. I should say the gods were never indifferent to your life.” – Homer, from The Odyssey Book III, lines 31-33. Translation by Robert Fitzgerald.

Analects of the Core: Rousseau on the social contract

The first person who, having enclosed a plot of land, took it into his head to say this is mind and found people simple enough to believe him, was the true founder of civil society. What crimes, wars, murders, what miseries and horrors would the human race have been spared, had someone pulled up the […]

Analects of the Core: Voltaire on people taking advantage of misfortunes

La vieille dit à Cunégonde : « Mademoiselle, vous avez soixante et douze quartiers, et pas une obole ; il ne tient qu’à vous d’être la femme du plus grand seigneur de l’Amérique méridionale, qui a une très belle moustache ; est-ce à vous de vous piquer d’une fidélité à toute épreuve ? Vous avez […]

Analects of the Core: Voltaire on sages

Après le tremblement de terre qui avait détruit les trois quarts de Lisbonne, les sages du pays n’avaient pas trouvé un moyen plus efficace pour prévenir une ruine totale que de donner au peuple un bel auto-da-fé ; il était décidé par l’université de Coïmbre que le spectacle de quelques personnes brûlées à petit feu, […]