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principle

κόσμος σκηνή, ὁ βίος πάροδος· ἦλθες, εἶδες, ἀπῆλθες -> The world is a stage, life is a performance, you came, you saw, you departed
Democritus, fr. 115 D-K

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Source, origin: P. and V. ἀρχή, ἡ. Cause: P. and V. αἰτία, ἡ. Legal principle: P. ὑπόθεσις, ἡ (Dem. 1082). Rule of action: P. προαίρεσις, ἡ. Standard: P. and V. κανών, ὁ, ὅρος, ὁ. The principles and foundations of action: P. . τῶν πράξεων αἱ ἀρχαὶ καὶ αἱ ὑποθέσεις (Dem. 21). This is the principle of democracy: P. τοῦτό ἐστι δημοτικόν (Dem. 436). To govern on oligarchic principles: P. κατʼ ὀλιγαρχίαν πολιτεύειν (absol.). (Thuc. 1, 19). The cause and originating principle of existing things: P. τὸ αἴτιον καὶ τὸ ἀρχηγὸν τῶν ὄντων (Plat., Crat. 401D).