leucippus, spinoza, einstein

“οὐδὲν χρῆμα μάτην γίνεται, ἀλλὰ πάντα ἐκ λόγου τε καὶ ὑπ’ ἀνάγκης.”
“Nothing occurs at random, but everything for a reason and by necessity.”
— Leucippus (Diels and Kranz, 1985, 67B2), in G. S. Kirk, J. E. Raven, and M. Schofield, The Presocratic Philosophers, Second Edition, Cambridge University Press, 1983, p. 420

“Cujuscunque rei assignari debet causa seu ratio tam cur existit quam cur non existit.”
“Of everything whatsoever a cause or reason must be assigned, either for its existence, or for its non-existence.”
— Spinoza, Ethica, Pars Prima, Propositio XI

“God doesn’t play dice with the universe.”
— paraphrase of Albert Einstein, quoted in Abraham Pais, Subtle Is the Lord: The Science and the Life of Albert Einstein, Oxford University Press, 2005, pp. 440, 443

a raging and savage beast of a master

[John Travolta] said that Cary Grant once gave him weight-loss advice. “Cary Grant told me to forget the whole thing about food, eating—just make it not important. I didn’t like that piece of advice, but often I had to use it to lose weight for film. Now cut to 20 years later: I told Marlon Brando what Cary Grant had said, and he said, ‘Don’t listen to Cary! You eat what you want, when you want it. You deserve it. You’ve earned the right!’ Of course I liked that advice, and as you can see, to this day I adhere to that advice!”

— “The Trials of Travolta”, The New York Observer, 12 December 2004

Harper’s Weekly, Vol. VIII. — No, 390.
New York, Saturday, June 18, 1864.

Rebel Cruelty — Our Starved Soldiers. — From Photographs Taken at United States General Hospital, Annapolis, Maryland

    Cary Grant’s advice resonates with the detachment of Epictetus’ Encheiridion. In its Hollywood applications, it might not be meant to follow its classic prototypes in suppressing the remaining six deadly sins. On the other hand, Michael’s neighboring community standards readily embrace the application of same technique, mutatis mutandis, to rid oneself of ugly fat between the ears. The trick is to forget this whole thing about thinking, reason — just make it not important. This exercise is most helpful in anticipation of old age. Continue reading a raging and savage beast of a master