Theophrastus — Greek Philosopher

Theophrastus, a Greek native of Eresos in Lesbos, was the successor to Aristotle in the Peripatetic school. He came to Athens at a young age and initially studied in Plato's school. After Plato's death, he attached himself to Aristotle. Aristotle bequeathed to Theophrastus his writings and designated him as his successor at the Lyceum. Theophrastus presided over the Peripatetic school for thirty-six years, during which time the school flourished greatly. He is often considered the "father of botany" for his works on plants. After his death, the Athenians honoured him with a public funeral. His successor as head of the school was Strato of Lampsacus... (wikipedia)

We must consider the distinctive characters and the general nature of plants from the point of view of their morphology, their behavior under external conditions, their mode of generation, and the whole course of their life.
Ah, yes, superstition: it would appear to be cowardice in face of the supernatural.
Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.
The man of petty ambition if invited to dinner will be eager to be set next his host.
One may define flattery as a base companionship which is most advantageous to the flatterer.