Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
For time itself is conceived as ‘coming round’; and this again because time and such a standard rotation mutually determine each other. Hence, to call the happenings of a thing a circle is saying that there is a sort of circle of time; and that is because it is measured by a complete revolution, and the whole measurement of a thing is nought else but a defined number of the units of its measurements.
We praise a man who feels angry on the right grounds and against the right persons and also in the right manner at the right moment and for the right length of time.
So while a thing in a finite time cannot come in contact with things quantitatively infinite, it can come in contact with things infinite in respect of divisibility: for in this sense the time itself is also infinite.
Indeed, it is evident that the mere passage of time itself is destructive rather than generative because change is primarily a ‘passing away’. So it is only incidentally that time is the cause of things coming into being and existing.
A corroboration of what I have said is the fact, that the young come to be geometricians, and mathematicians, and Scientific in such matters, but it is not thought that a young man can come to be possessed of Practical Wisdom: now the reason is, that this Wisdom has for its object particular facts, which come to be known from experience, which a young man has not because it is produced only by length of time.
Virtue, then, is twofold, intellectual and moral. Both the coming-into-being and increase of intellectual virtue result mostly from teaching — hence it requires experience and time — whereas moral virtue is the result of habit, and so it is that moral virtue got its name [ēthikē] by a slight alteration of the term habit [ethos].
Time has no independent existence apart from the order of events by which we measure it.
The more time and devotion one spends in the worship of false gods, the less he is able to spend in that of the True One.