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Page 30 - I honour and love you ; but I shall choose rather to obey God than you, and to my latest breath shall never renounce my philosophy, nor cease to exhort and reprove you, according to my custom, by telling- each of you, when you come in my way, My good friend and citizen of the most famous city in the world for wisdom and valour, are you not ashamed to have no other thoughts than...
Page 15 - He had no open school, like the rest of the philosophers, nor set times for his lessons. He had no benches prepared, nor ever mounted a professor's chair. He was the philosopher of all times and seasons. He taught in all places, and upon all occasions. In walking...
Page 44 - Here, said they, he formed our youth, and taught our children to love their country, and to honour their parents. In this place he gave us his admirable lessons, and sometimes made us seasonable reproaches, to engage us mnre warmly in the pursuit of virtue.
Page 31 - You should know, that there are amongst our citizens those who do not regard death as an evil, and who give that name only to injustice and infamy. At my age, and with the reputation, true or false, which I have, would it be consistent for me, after all the lessons I have given upon the contempt of death, to be afraid of it myself, and to belie in my last action all the principles and sentiments of my past life?
Page 29 - ... of their sons, brothers, and nephews. But these are the persons who take upon them my defence, and interest themselves in the success of my cause. " Pass on me what sentence you please, Athenians; but I can neither repent nor change my conduct ; I must not abandon or suspend a function which God himself has imposed on me.
Page 201 - ... and saluted and embraced each other with great joy and serenity in their looks ; whilst the others kept themselves close in their houses, or, if necessity obliged them to go abroad, it was with a sadness and dejection of aspect which sensibly expressed their profound anguish and affliction. That difference was still more remarkable in the women. Grief, silence, tears, distinguished those who expected the return of their sons ; but...
Page 42 - ... were brought to him; for he had three, two very little, and the other grown up. He spoke to them for some time, gave his orders to the women who took care of them, and then dismissed them. Being returned into his chamber, he laid himself down upon his bed.
Page 35 - ... the guilt of innocent blood ? but, if all these motives cannot alter him, and he is not concerned in regard to himself, can he be insensible to the interests of his children ? In what...
Page 220 - A young Spartan, named Isadas, distinguished himself particularly in this action. He was very handsome in the face, perfectly well shaped, of an advantageous stature, and in the flower of his youth ; he had neither armour nor clothes upon his body, which shone with oil; he held a spear in one hand, and a sword in the other.
Page 31 - He does not swear to discharge with impunity whom he pleases ; but to do justice where it is due. We ought not therefore to accustom you to perjury, nor you to suffer yourselves to be accustomed to it ; for in so doing, both the one and the other of us equally injure justice and religion, and both are criminals.