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 never heard that
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 acquisition of gain, others are
led on by 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."