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