A great doctor and politician who left us an exceptional philosophical legacy.
Empedocles of Agrigento (495 BC – 444 BC) was a prominent Greek philosopher and politician.
Ancient Greece, Empedocles played an important role in the development of rationalist philosophy. Very influenced by the ideas of Parmenides, he believed in the immutability of what exists. He was an exceptional speaker and a renowned physician. He founded the Sicilian School of Medicine, being considered one of the most intrepid and prolific researchers of his time.
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Famous phrases of Empedocles
There is usually a consensus that the cause of death was caused. Empedocles committed suicide. The only works on record are two poems, called “On the nature of beings” and “The purifications”.
In this article we are going to discover this Greek thinker. Through the 12 best phrases of Empedocles we will travel back in time to learn the ideas of this exceptional thinker and man of science.
1. It is impossible for something to become what it is in no way.
On the essence of things.
2. Blessed is he who has acquired a wealth of divine wisdom, but he is miserable who there rests a tenuous opinion regarding the gods.
A great phrase about divine wisdom.
3. The sea is the sweat of the earth.
Excellent metaphor of great poetic depth.
4. These elements never cease to change places continually, now they are all united by love in one, now each one apart by hatred engendered in struggles, until they come together in the unity of the whole and conform to it.
A sample of his philosophical monism.
5. Happy is he who has won the great number of divine thoughts, woe to him whose beliefs about the gods are dark!
A theistic thought of the great Empedocles.
6. The nature of God is a circle whose center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere.
One of those phrases by Empedocles in which he describes his vision of the Higher Self.
7. What is correct could be well said even twice.
On the truth and its discursiveness.
8. Useful words should be repeated.
Very in line with the previous sentence.
9. No mortal thing has a beginning or end in death, destruction; there is only a mixing and separation of the mixed, but by mortal men these processes are called “beginnings.”
In this sentence he shows us his position on the immutability of matter.
10. The force that unites all elements to be all things is love, also called Aphrodite. Love unites different elements in a unit, to become a composite thing. Love is the same force that human beings find at work, every time they feel joy, love and peace. Struggle, on the other hand, is the force responsible for dissolution.
A famous quotation from Empedocles that leads us to reflect deeply.
11. We see the earth for the earth, the water for the water, the divine air for the air and the destructive fire for the fire. We understand love for love and hate for hate.
12. I have previously been a boy and a girl, a bush, a bird, and a fish inhabitant of the sea.
Another phrase from Parmenides that tells us about monism.