Apocryphal Tales: with a selection of fables and would-be by Karel Capek

By Karel Capek

The tales during this assortment take on nice occasions and figures of background, fantasy, and literature in unforeseen methods, wondering perspectives on such easy innovations as justice, growth, knowledge, trust, and patriotism.

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Ergo, Syracuse belongs to us. ” “It is,” Archimedes said, and he scratched his head with his stylus. “Yes, you have conquered Syracuse, except that it is not and never will be the same Syracuse it was before. It was a great and celebrated city, my good fellow; now it will never be great again. ” “But Rome will be great. ” “To maintain her position. The stronger we are, the more enemies we have. ” “As to force,” muttered Archimedes, “I’m a physicist of sorts, Lucius, and I’ll tell you something.

But what is the opposite of wisdom? There are ideas, gentlemen, which are not at all clever, for they are too modest, and which are not reasonable, for they resemble madness, and yet they are wise. Wisdom resembles neither cleverness nor reason. Men of Boeotia, in the course of everyday life you don’t give a fig, as we say in Greek, for the definition of terms, and yet you obviously differentiate each from the other with precision. ” You praise your tailor for having sensible prices, but you never say that his prices are wise.

If yesterday He had commanded me: Go forth from their midst, for they are unrighteous — I would have said to Him: Be patient with me for just a little while, I’ll have a word with this one and that one; I have judged them instead of going out amongst them. But how can I leave now, when they are to be destroyed? For am I not partly to blame that things have gone so far with them? I don’t want to die, but neither could I bear for them to die. ” “I know I can’t: what could I possibly do? But I will try, although what, I don’t yet know; I only know that I must persist.

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