It was by no means necessary to the satisfaction of the philosopher
, that the bargain should be to his own proper advantage.
"Doubtless," said the Philosopher
to himself, as he walked away, "the wisdom of fools is no deeper nor truer than ours, but they really do seem to have a more impressive way of imparting it."
Modern philosophy says that all things in nature are dependent on one another; the ancient philosopher
had the same truth latent in his mind when he affirmed that out of one thing all the rest may be recovered.
* Friederich Nietzsche, the mad philosopher
of the nineteenth century of the Christian Era, who caught wild glimpses of truth, but who, before he was done, reasoned himself around the great circle of human thought and off into madness.
It was supposed that Flamel had buried the philosopher
's stone in the cellar; and the alchemists, for the space of two centuries, from Magistri to Father Pacifique, never ceased to worry the soil until the house, so cruelly ransacked and turned over, ended by falling into dust beneath their feet.
"One of these days you'll wish you hadn't laid that wager," said the cynic philosopher
. "One of these days I shall have the blessed satisfaction of pocketing your guinea," cried the sanguine friend.
"Remember, likewise, that the ancient philosopher
was rather a bad friend of the gods and the magistrates."
If I were a natural philosopher
, I would tell him that if less of caloric were set in motion upon the planets which are nearest to the sun, and more, on the contrary, upon those which are farthest removed from it, this simple fact would alone suffice to equalize the heat, and to render the temperature of those worlds supportable by beings organized like ourselves.
We are thus led on to the conception of a higher State, in which "no man calls anything his own," and in which there is neither "marrying nor giving in marriage," and "kings are philosophers
" and "philosophers
are kings;" and there is another and higher education, intellectual as well as moral and religious, of science as well as of art, and not of youth only but of the whole of life.
In spite of the intense labour and wonderful discoveries of modern philosophers
, I always came from my studies discontented and unsatisfied.
But though he had, as we have said, formed his morals on the Platonic model, yet he perfectly agreed with the opinion of Aristotle, in considering that great man rather in the quality of a philosopher
or a speculatist, than as a legislator.
"From him we may expect no philosopher
's stone, but at least we will find a few robust tonic things to which to tie."