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GREAT THOUGHTS FROM GREEK AUTHORS.
by Craufurd Tait Ramage
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Text extracted from opening pages of book: CHEAT THOUGHTS FEOM GEEEK AUTHOES. BY CRAUFUED TAIT EAMAGE, LL. D., AUTHOR OP & quot; GREAT THOUGHTS FROM LATIN AUTHORS,& quot; & quot; GREAT THOUGHTS FROM FRENCH AND ITALIAN AUTHORS,& quot; & quot; GREAT THOUGHTS FROM GERMAN AND SPANISH AUTHORS, 1 ETC. & quot; This field is so spacious that it were easy for a man to lose himself in it; and ir I should spend all ray pilgrimage in this walk, my time would sooner end than my way.& quot; BISHOP HALL. NEW YORK: JOHN B. ALDEN, PUBLISHER, 1885. ^ PBEFACE TO SECOND EDITION. ON this new edition I have endeavored to bring all my previous knowledge to bear, in order that it might be rendered more in keeping with my other works. The poetical translations have been thrown aside, and in every case I have given the passage in prose. I have taken advantage of Duport s parallelisms from the Holy Scriptures to show the wonderful resemblance that the language of Homer bears more particularly to the sentiments found in the Old Testament. In the other Greek Authors I have also attempted to show the similarity be tween them and the Sacred Writers. The volume has been nearly doubled by the addi tion of new passages, and extracts from many writ ers have been given, which did not appear in the former edition. WALLACE HALL, 1st May, 1873. PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION. THE Editor is encouraged by the unexpected favor with which his former work has been re ceived to & quot; bring forward a companion volume from & quot; Greek Authors, which he ventures to hope will be foimd equally interesting. & quot; While many new topics have been introduced, the reader will hero have an opportunity of tracing the original source, from which the master-spirits of Rome derived many of their finest thoughts. So true is the ob servation of Horace kt teecia capta ferum victorem cepit et artes Intulit agresti Latio.& quot; To show how closely the Eomans imitated their Greek masters, the Editor has introduced copious illustrations from his former work, and has also taken advantage of Mr. Grocottfs valuable volume of & quot; Index of Quotations, Ancient and Modern/ to point out how much the English classic authora are indebted to the ancients for many of those gems that are scattered so profusely through their writings. Their bold flights of imagination, and the volumes of wisdom compressed into a phrase, are often but loans derived from the classical au thors of Greece and Eome. It has been, therefore, an agreeable task to award to those pure and thoughtful spirits of the olden times their due meed of praise, by trying to ascertain the exact contributions which each has made to the intel lectual riches of the world. PREFACE TO FIRST EDITION. 5 Another peculiar feature in the present work is the numerous references to the Holy Scriptures for points of resemblance. It is impossible, in deed, to examine the heathen doctrines of religion and ethics without being struck with their wonder ful likeness to those which are sometimes consid ered to be peculiar to Christianity; here maybe found many of the moral doctrines and sublime sayings of the Gospel, but there is always some thing Wanting to give them life, and bring them home to the heart and feelings of human beings. Noble truths have always been taught by both Eastern and Western sages; yet they want that clear and perfect ring, which they possess when they are known to issue from Divine lips. The Editor has selected much from the writings of Plato, to show how far this resemblance extends; and, no doubt, he has omitted many passages which would have borne equally strong testimony that it is not without good reason that Plato has been called the & quot; Atticising Moses.& quot; It has been well observed, that nothing can be more useful to young minds having capacity and high aspirations than such selections as the Editor has brought together from the works of great men. Each quotation is a separate bait, a temp tation to feel greatly, an
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