Ptolemy

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The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Eliot
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Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος; ca. 100 – ca. 178), known in English as Ptolemy, was an ancient Greek geographer, astronomer, and astrologer who probably lived and worked in Alexandria, off the coast of Egypt.

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Almagest

  • I know that I am mortal by nature and ephemeral, but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies, I no longer touch earth with my feet. I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia.
    • Penned in the margins.

Tetrabiblos

  • Everything that is hard to attain is easily assailed by the generality of men.
    • Book I, sec. 1
  • The length of life takes the leading place among inquiries about events following birth.
    • Book III, sec. 10
  • As material fortune is associated with the properties of the body, so honor belongs to those of the soul.
    • Book IV, sec. 1
  • There are three classes of friendship and enmity, since men are so disposed to one another either by preference or by need or through pleasure and pain.
    • Book IV, sec. 7

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