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Cleanthes

Cleanthes, of Assos, was a Greek Stoic philosopher and boxer who was the successor to Zeno of Citium as the second head (scholarch) of the Stoic school in Athens. Originally a boxer, he came to Athens where he took up philosophy, listening to Zeno's lectures. He supported himself by working as a water-carrier at night. After the death of Zeno, c. 262 BC, he became the head of the school, a post he held for the next 32 years. Cleanthes successfully preserved and developed Zeno's doctrines. He originated new ideas in Stoic physics, and developed Stoicism in accordance with the principles of materialism and pantheism. Among the fragments of Cleanthes' writings which have come down to us, the largest is a Hymn to Zeus. His pupil was Chrysippus who became one of the most important Stoic thinkers.

Greek - Philosopher | 330 BC - 233 BC

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Assigned Beasts Differ Fate Figure Follow Guide Hesitation Hinder Ignorant Hide All Lead Person Surely Zeus Less More Hide All See All
Lead me, Zeus, and you, Fate, wherever you have assigned me. I shall follow without hesitation; but even if I am disobedient and do not wish to, I shall follow no less surely.
The Fates guide the person who accepts them and hinder the person who resists them. — © Cleanthes
The Fates guide the person who accepts them and hinder the person who resists them.
Ignorant men differ from beasts only in their figure.
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