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Classic Quotations Collection (4 vols.)
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Classic Quotations Collection (4 vols.)

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Edward Howell, John B. Alden 1868–1885

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Offering “a brief abstract of the wisdom of all ages,” this collection of quotations compiles thousands of the Western canon’s most distinct ideas, in their most succinct expression. Literary critic Craufurd Tait Ramage gathers the bon mots of the cultural leaders who shaped Western literature, philosophy, art, science, and religion—from Homer to Schopenhauer. Savor the essence of philosophies from the Platonic Idealism of the fifth century BC to the German Idealism of the eighteenth century—from “know thyself” to “I think, therefore I am.”

For each thinker, Ramage provides a biographical sketch covering the most salient context and contributions of their lives. In most cases, he gives the quote in its original language alongside an English translation. He often stops to analyze how the thoughts of our great thinkers echo themes found in the Bible.

In the Logos edition, these valuable volumes are enhanced by amazing functionality. Study each quote in its full original context with a library of classic literature and philosophy. See how these thinkers’ lives intersect with each other and with historical events using the Timeline. Scripture citations link directly to English translations, and important terms link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. With Logos, the most efficient and comprehensive research tools are in one place, so you get the most out of your study.

Check out Ramage’s volume fleshing out the parallels between ancient philosophy and Hebrew Scripture, Scripture Parallels in Ancient Classics.

Key Features

  • Gathers thousands of quotes from the most influential Greek, Latin, Spanish, French, German, and Italian thinkers
  • Provides quotes in their original language alongside an English translation
  • Analyzes how ancient and modern philosophy intersect with the Bible

Product Details

Individual Titles

Great Thoughts from Latin Authors

  • Author: Craufurd Tait Ramage
  • Publisher: John B. Alden
  • Publication Date: 1884
  • Pages: 699

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Plautus, Varro, Horace, Ovid, Livy, Seneca, Terence, Columella, Virgil. These are just a few of the great playwrights, philosophers, historians, and politicians that shaped the Roman Empire, developing and dispersing the culture that was foreshadowed on the Balkan Peninsula with the Greeks. Craufurd Tait Ramage collects their most distinct thoughts from where they are most succinctly expressed.

Great Thoughts from Greek Authors

  • Author: Craufurd Tait Ramage
  • Publisher: John B. Alden
  • Publication Date: 1885
  • Pages: 468

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Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Polybius, Plutarch. Greek was the language of the Western world’s first advanced civilization. The language introduced the West to mathematics, astronomy, drama, and poetry on a massive scale. And even today, most of Western philosophy is perhaps still just “a series of footnotes to Plato.” Craufurd Tait Ramage distills the knowledge of the forefathers of Western culture into one volume, collecting their most distinct thoughts from where they are most succinctly expressed.

Beautiful Thoughts from German and Spanish Authors

  • Author: Craufurd Tait Ramage
  • Publisher: Edward Howell
  • Publication Date: 1868
  • Pages: 581

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Kant, Schubart, Goethe, Schleiermacher, Schopenhauer, El Cid, Cervantes, Calderon. In this volume, Craufurd Tait Ramage presents the blossoming of modern philosophy and art in Spain and Germany. Ramage collects German and Spanish thinkers’ most distinct thoughts from where they are most succinctly expressed. The English translation is presented alongside the original German or Spanish.

Beautiful Thoughts from French and Italian Authors

  • Author: Craufurd Tait Ramage
  • Publisher: Edward Howell
  • Publication Date: 1875
  • Pages: 624

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Machiavelli, Molière, Montaigne, Dante, Descartes, Pascal, Voltaire, Rousseau, Balzac. The French and Italian traditions are rich with philosophers and artists who spoke about the sublime and beautiful in voices of unparalleled elegance. Craufurd Tait Ramage gathers the most distinct and succinct of these thoughts, presenting them in their original French and Italian alongside an English translation.

About Craufurd Tait Ramage

Craufurd Tait Ramage (1803–1878) was a Scottish writer, educator, and literary critic. He was educated at Wallace Hall Academy, Edinburgh High School, and the University of Edinburgh. He was vice-master of Wallace Hall Academy and a justice of the peace for Dumfriesshire. He contributed to the Quarterly Journal of Education and Encyclopedia Britannica.