Inspirational Zeno of Elea Quotes

Zeno of Elea Quotes
Zeno of Elea Quote

Zeno of Elea (c. 490 – c. 430 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of southern Italy and a member of the monistic Eleatic school founded by Parmenides. Aristotle declared him the inventor of the dialectic, which involves a dialogue between two or more people who may hold differing views, yet wish to pursue truth by seeking agreement with one another; in contrast to debate, in which two or more people hold differing views and wish to persuade an audience or prove one another wrong. He is most famous for his paradoxes, which Bertrand Russell described as “immeasurably subtle and profound.” This post features some inspirational Zeno of Elea Quotes.

Little is known for certain about Zeno’s life. Although written nearly a century after Zeno’s death, the primary source of biographical information about Zeno is Plato’s Parmenides and he is also mentioned in Aristotle’s Physics. In the dialogue of Parmenides, Plato describes a visit to Athens by Zeno and Parmenides, at a time when Parmenides is “about 65,” Zeno is “nearly 40” and Socrates is “a very young man”.

Zeno’s paradoxes have puzzled, challenged, influenced, inspired, infuriated, and amused philosophers, mathematicians, and physicists for over two millennia. The most famous are the arguments against motion described by Aristotle in his Physics.

Zeno of Elea Quotes
Zeno of Elea Quotes

Zeno of Elea Quotes

“By silence, I hear other men’s imperfections and conceal my own.”
― Zeno of Elea

“In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead.”
― Zeno of Elea

“The hypothesis of the many, if examined sufficiently in detail, leads to even more ridiculous results than the hypothesis of the One.”
Zeno of Elea

“That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.”
– as recounted by Aristotle in his work Physics

“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”
Zeno of Elea quotes

“The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.”
― Zeno of Elea

“The [first] argument asserts the non-existence of notion on the ground that that which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.”
― Zeno of Elea

“But what has been said once can always be repeated.”
Zeno of Elea quotes

“My writing is an answer to the partisans of the many and it returns their attack with interest, with a view to showing that the hypothesis of the many, if examined sufficiently in detail, leads to even more ridiculous results than the hypothesis of the One.”
― Zeno of Elea

“Beauty is the flower of chastity.”
― Zeno of Elea

“The second [argument about motion] is the so-called Achilles, and it amounts to this, that in a race the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead. Statement of the Achilles and the Tortoise paradox in the relation of the discrete to the continuous.; perhaps the earliest example of the reductio ad absurdum method of proof.”
Zeno of Elea quotes

“The truth is, that these writings of mine were meant to protect the arguments of Parmenides against those who make fun of him and seek to show the many ridiculous and contradictory results which they suppose to follow from the affirmation of the one. My answer is addressed to the partisans of the many, whose attack I return with interest by retorting upon them that their hypothesis of the being of many, if carried out, appears to be still more ridiculous than the hypothesis of the being of one. Zeal for my master led me to write the book in the days of my youth, but some one stole the copy; and therefore I had no choice whether it should be published or not; the motive, however, of writing, was not the ambition of an elder man, but the pugnacity of a young one.”
― Zeno of Elea quote about Parmenides

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