ANCIENT GREEK PHILOSOPHY
From the Presocratics to the Hellenistic Philosophers
τί δῆθ᾽ ὁ πρωκτὸς ἐς τὸν οὐρανὸν βλέπει;
αὐτὸς καθ᾽ αὑτὸν ἀστρονομεῖν διδάσκεται.
(Aristophanes, Clouds 193-194)
"[Tradition] cannot be inherited, and if you want it you
must obtain it by great labour. It involves, in the first
place, the historical sense.... a perception, not only of
the pastness of the past, but of its presence..."
(T. S. Eliot, "Tradition and Individual Talent").