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Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
(c. 480 - c. 524)

Roman philosopher.

Science Quotes by Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius (3 quotes)

Compare the length of a moment with the period of ten thousand years; the first, however minuscule, does exist as a fraction of a second. But that number of years, or any multiple of it that you may name, cannot even be compared with a limitless extent of time, the reason being that comparisons can be drawn between finite things, but not between finite and infinite.
— Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
The Consolation of Philosophy [before 524], Book II, trans. P. G. Walsh (1999), 36.
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If one were to define chance as the outcome of a random movement which interlocks with no causes, I should maintain that it does not exist at all, that it is a wholly empty term denoting nothing substantial.
— Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
The Consolation of Philosophy [before 524], Book V, trans. P. G. Walsh (1999), 97.
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Nature is the principle of movement of its own accord and not by accident.
— Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius
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