Theophrastus, a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school. He came to Athens at a young age and initially studied in Plato's school. After Plato's death, he attached himself to Aristotle who took to Theophrastus his writings. When Aristotle fled Athens, Theophrastus took over as head of the Lyceum. Theophrastus presided over the Peripatetic school for thirty-six years, during which time the school flourished greatly. He is often considered the father of botany for his works on plants. After his death, the Athenians honoured him with a public funeral. His successor as head of the school was Strato of Lampsacus.
|Superstition would seem to be simply cowardice in regard to the unknown.||Human Nature|
|Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.||Time ;Management & Managing Government|
|Ah, yes, superstition: it would appear to be cowardice in face of the supernatural.|
|An orator without judgment is a horse without a bridle.|
|One may define flattery as a base companionship which is most advantageous to the flatterer.|
|The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host.|
|We must consider the distinctive characters and the general nature of plants from the point of view of their morphology, their behavior under external conditions, their mode of generation, and the whole course of their life.||Life ;Nature|