While attending the Olympic Games, Leon, Prince of Phlius, asked Pythagoras how he would describe himself. Pythagoras replied, “I am a Philosopher”, but Leon had not heard the word before and asked him to explain.
“Life, Prince Leon, may well be compared with these public games, for in the vast crowd assembled here some are attracted by the acqusition of gain, and others are led on the hopes and ambitions of fame and glory. But among them there are a few who have come to observe and to understand all that passes here.
It is the same with life. Some are influenced by the love of wealth while others are blindly led by the mad fever for power and domination, but the finest type of man gives himself up to discovering the meaning and purpose of life itself. He seeks to uncover the secrets of nature. This is the man I call philosopher, for although no man is completely wise in all respects, he can love wisdom as the key to nature’s secrets.”