Notable Quote

“In my opinion, however, there was nothing to prevent both the scientist and the prophet from being right, since the one correctly diagnosed the cause and the other the meaning of the prodigy. It was the business of the first to observe why something happens and how it becomes what it is, and of the second to foretell the purpose of an event and its significance. Those who say that to discover the cause of a phenomenon disposes of its meaning fail to notice that the same reasoning which explains away divine portents would also dispense with the artificial symbols created by mankind. The beating of gongs, the blaze of beacons, and the shadows of sundials all have their particular causes, but have also been contrived to signify something else. However, this is perhaps a subject for another essay.”

Plutarch (ca. A.D. 45 – 120)
Parallel Lives: Pericles

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