Lucien de Samosate citations
Lucien de Samosate
Date de naissance: 120
Autres noms:Лукиан Самосатский
Lucien de Samosate est un rhéteur et satirique de Commagène, en Anatolie, qui écrivait en grec, dans un style néo-attique.
Citations Lucien de Samosate
„Voilà pourquoi, à mon tour, cédant à la vanité de laisser quelque œuvre à la postérité - je ne voulais pas être le seul à me priver de la liberté d'affabuler - je me suis adonné au mensonge, bien plus loyalement que les autres : je serai véridique au moins sur un point, en déclarant que je mens. Je crois qu'ainsi je pourrai échapper à la critique, en reconnaissant spontanément que je ne dis rien de vrai. J'écris donc sur des choses que je n'ai pas vues, que je n'ai pas vécues, que je n'ai point apprises de tiers, et qui en outre n'existent absolument pas et ne peuvent pas le moins du monde se produire. Voilà pourquoi les lecteurs ne doivent en aucune façon y croire.
Sect. 39; vol. 2, p. 128; H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler (trans.) The Works of Lucian of Samosata.
„He is unpardonable, therefore, who cannot distinguish one from the other; but lays on history the paint of poetry, its flattery, fable, and hyperbole: it is just as ridiculous as it would be to clothe one of our robust wrestlers, who is as hard as an oak, in fine purple, or some such meretricious garb, and put paint on his cheeks; how would such ornaments debase and degrade him!“
„I say, therefore, that he who would write history well must be possessed of these two principal qualifications, a fine understanding and a good style: one is the gift of nature, and cannot be taught; the other may be acquired by frequent exercise, perpetual labour and an emulation of the ancients.“
„First, then, I went to the Indians, the mightiest nation upon earth. I had little trouble in persuading them to descend from their elephants and follow me. The Brahmins, who dwell between Oxydracae and the country of the Nechrei, are mine to a man: they live according to my laws, and are respected by all their neighbours; and the manner of their death is truly wonderful.“
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"Menippus, a Necromantic Experiment", sect. 4; vol. 1, p. 158.
„The good historian, then, must be thus described: he must be fearless, uncorrupted, free, the friend of truth and of liberty; one who, to use the words of the comic poet, calls a fig a fig, and a skiff a skiff, neither giving nor withholding from any, from favour or from enmity, not influenced by pity, by shame, or by remorse; a just judge, so far benevolent to all as never to give more than is due to any in his work; a stranger to all, of no country, bound only by his own laws, acknowledging no sovereign, never considering what this or that man may say of him, but relating faithfully everything as it happened.“
„I now make the only true statement you are to expect – that I am a liar. This confession is, I consider, a full defence against all imputations. My subject is, then, what I have neither seen, experienced, nor been told, what neither exists nor could conceivably do so. I humbly solicit my readers' incredulity.“
"The True History", sect. 4; vol. 2, p. 137.
„For history, I say again, has this and this only for its own: if a man will start upon it, he must sacrifice to no God but Truth; he must neglect all else; his sole rule and unerring guide is this – to think not of those who are listening to him now, but of the yet unborn who shall seek his converse.“
Sect. 39; vol. 2, pp. 128-9; H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler (trans.) The Works of Lucian of Samosata.