Which philosopher said this?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by rabid_granny, Mar 14, 2003.

  1. "People were perfect in nature - until they learned how to speak."

    Who said that? I can't google it.
  2. i have no clue but if i get bored i look it up

    that philosipher speaks the truth (i hope i spelled that right)
  3. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

    Here's a wild guess...was it Henry Thoreau? He loved nature and wanted to keep it pure and unspoiled.

    A second and third guess. It has the humor of Mark Twain...also of Will Rogers. Come to think of it, it may have even been a quote from one of William Shakespeare's plays.

    I checked some quotation web sites, but couldn't find that exact quote.

  4. I don't know this, sorry, but WHEN THE HECK did "google" become a verb?!
  5. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Stealing my damn quotes. My attorney(s) will be contacting you.
  6. pigpen02


    Mar 24, 2002
    jean jaques rousseau? seems like his act....
  7. Boplicity

    Boplicity Supporting Member

  8. I kinda looked it up my best bet is Socrites or Plato but im not positive ill get back to u
  9. jade


    Mar 8, 2002
    i think so too, i heard that quote in social class and that was one of the phillsophers we were learning about. he also said ..

    man was born free, everywhere else he's in chain
    (or something like that)

    .. i think
  10. jama


    Mar 9, 2003
    -That would be Socrates, not Socrites.
    -Those are the only philosophers you know, right?
    -You're not helping the guy(I'm not either, I know, but I just wanted to react)by just giving names of Greek philosophers.
  11. I highly doubt it. Not sure who but that quote is more likely to come from Bhagavad Gita than Socrates or Plato...
  12. DanGouge


    May 25, 2000
    There was one Greek philosopher who feared that words changed meaning between the time they were spoken and the time that they were heard by someone else. So he never said much, just sorta wagged his finger at everyone. I don't think he said that quote, but it reminds me of him...