The wisdom of seventh century B.C. Athenian philosopher Pomposceles has earned him a reputation as one of Western civilization’s immortal thinkers. Well, maybe not immortal—memorable, perhaps. (At least that’s what his mother said.)

From Pomposceles, the West learned these important philosophical dicta:

“I am such a cool philosopher.” [632 B.C.]

“You’ve reached Pomposceles the philosopher. I’m not home right now, but if you leave a message, I’ll get back to you.” [625 B.C.]

“What do you mean ‘memorable,’ Mom? I'm freakin’ immortal, that's what I am. Whoo! Yessss!” [622–609 B.C.]

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