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Strings on the Lives of Philosophers

1. According to Aristotle, Socrates and Plato where melancholy men.

2. Aristotle would walk with his students as he lectured them, thus they were called 'peripatetics.'

3. St. Thomas Aquinas was so big, dull and quiet that in his younger years he was teased by his schoolmates as the "dumb ox."

4. Kant breathed only through his nose and never through his mouth.

5. When Spinoza died, he left a total of seven shirts and two pairs of pants for his wardrobe.

6. Leibniz wrote down his proof of God's existence in a small piece of paper.

7. When Nietzsche saw a horse being whipped by its driver, he embraced it and cried profusely. Soon after, he was admitted into an insane asylum from which he never got out.

8. Camus once said that there was nothing more absurd than to die in a car accident. One day, as he was driving with a friend and carrying the manuscript of The First Man, their car crashed. Only his friend survived.

9. On Heidegger's tombstone a star is engraved instead of a cross upon his request.

10. Wittgenstein's last words to his doctor were: "Tell them I've had a wonderful life."

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