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By Ruskin Bond

During this booklet, Ruskin Bond very skillfully places jointly a few of his so much loved and best-loved quotations and sayings. a bit e-book of existence, because the name says is a e-book, which has all of the parts of existence, and is certain to make the readers chill out and smile. within the publication, Ruskin Bond provides his suggestions on nature, love, funds, kinfolk, friendship, enemies and in brief, all of the little parts that sum up our lives.

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He had gained his freedom, amassed a fortune, and having learnt many things from the Greeks – including from Pythagoras, described as “not the weakest wise man (σοφιστής)” – he set about teaching his fellow-countrymen that they would live in bliss forever. He built himself an underground chamber where he hid for three years, emerging on the fourth to persuade the Thracians that his stories and account of the afterlife were true. Herodotus does not credit this story, saying that Salmoxis must have lived long before Pythagoras; but nowhere in this account is there any mention of transmigration.

Yet obviously to select a model is almost inevitably to beg the important questions. If we knew what sort of a persona Pythagoras had, we would be half way to giving a decent account of his work. But to get to such a model, we need first to have that decent account. The impasse is clear. Nor of course can I claim some Olympian vantage point enabling me to resolve the issues: in fact some of them seem to me to be irresolvable. Yet we can avoid some earlier mistakes, and in certain respects we can now bring to bear new understanding not available previously to clarify some problems.

As for the silence of our early sources on Pythagoras as a philosopher and mathematician,” he wrote (: ) “it is enough to say that all the later biographical writers show him as such, and they obviously preserve much early material. ”   A¨et. , DK B, Diog. Laert. , and Cic. Tusc. . In the English edition of his book, published in , Burkert undertook a masterly review of the modern literature to that date, which I shall not repeat here, though all the main commentators will be found in the bibliography, along with the most prominent later interpreters: Kahn (, ), Kingsley (), Zhmud (, b), Riedweg () and Huffman (c, b).

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