Zénón z Kitia citáty
Zénón z Kitia
Dátum narodenia: 334 pred n. l.
Dátum úmrtia: 263 pred n. l.
Zénón z Kitia alebo Zenón z Kitia bol zakladateľ stoicizmu, resp. staršieho stoicizmu.
Citáty Zénón z Kitia
„If melodiously piping flutes sprang from the olive, would you doubt that a knowledge of flute-playing resided in the olive? And what if plane trees bore harps which gave forth rhythmical sounds? Clearly you would think in the same way that the art of music was possessed by plane trees. Why, then, seeing that the universe gives birth to beings that are animate and wise, should it not be considered animate and wise itself?“
As quoted in De Natura Deorum by Cicero, ii. 8.
As quoted in Diogenes Laërtius Lives and Opinions of Eminent Philosophers, vii. 23.
Variant translation: The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen the more and talk the less.
„That which exercises reason is more excellent than that which does not exercise reason; there is nothing more excellent than the universe, therefore the universe exercises reason.“
As quoted in De Natura Deorum by Cicero, ii. 8.; iii. 9.
„The end may be defined as life in accordance with nature or, in other words, in accordance with our own human nature as well as that of the universe.“
As quoted by Diogenes Laërtius, in Lives of Eminent Philosophers: 'Zeno', 7.87.
The "end" here means “the goal of life.”
As quoted in Deipnosophists by Athenaeus, xiii. 561c.
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As quoted in Epistles No. 82, by Seneca the Younger
As quoted in Tusculanae Quaestiones by Cicero, iv. 6.