Quotes from Ancient Times
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Macherbal ~ Maximus
Marcus Valerius Martial 40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist
Rarity gives a charm; so early fruits and winter roses are the most prized; and coyness sets off an extravagant mistress, while the door always open tempts no suitor.
Why do strong arms fatigue themselves with frivolous dumbbells? To dig a vineyard is worthier exercise for men.
There is no living with thee, nor without thee.
I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
If fame is to come only after death, I am in no hurry for it.
Be content to be what you are, and prefer nothing to it, and do not fear or wish for your last day.
Glory comes too late, after one as been reduced to ashes.
Glory paid to our ashes comes too late.
You give me nothing during your life, but you promise to provide for me at your death. If you are not a fool, you know what I wish for!
I would not miss your face, your neck, your hands, your limbs, your bosom and certain other of your charms. Indeed, not to become boring by naming them all, I could do without you, Chloe, altogether.
If you want him to mourn, you had best leave him nothing.
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice.
That spot of earth has special charms for me, in which a limited income produces happiness, and moderate wealth abundance.
Fortune gives too much to many, enough to none.
Macherbal ~ Maximus
Because of a great love, one is courageous.
It is disgraceful to live as a stranger in one's country, and be an alien in any matter that affects our welfare.
Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
~ Marcus Aelius Aurelius
We begin to die as soon as we are born, and the end is linked to the beginning.
~ Marcus Manilius fl. 100 AD, Latin Poet
Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.
~ Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
He took over anger to intimidate subordinates, and in time anger took over him.
~ Saint Albertus Magnus
Choose rather to punish your appetites than be punished by them.
~ Tyrius Maximus
There is but one genuine love-potion - consideration.
Marriage, if one will face the truth, is an evil, but a necessary evil.
The chief beginning of evil is goodness in excess.
It is not white hair that engenders wisdom.
Happy is the man whose deeds are greater than his learning
Many candles can be kindled from one candle without diminishing it.
~ Midrash Early Jewish Biblical Commentary
True repentance is to cease from sinning.
~ Ambrose of Milan
Good fortune and evil fortune come to all things alike in this world of time.
You cannot describe it or draw it. You cannot praise it enough or perceive it. No place can be found in which to put the Original Face; it will not disappear even when the universe is destroyed.
The greatest admiration gives rise not to words, but to silence.
The mind that does not understand is the Buddha. There is no other.
You know how to conquer, Hannibal, but not how to profit by your victory.
Love is inseparable from knowledge.
~ St. Macarius of Egypt
Freedom, then, lies only in our innate human capacity to choose between different sorts of bondage, bondage to desire or self esteem, or bondage to the light that lightens all our olives.
~ Sri Madhava
Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.
In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken.
~ Margaret of Valois
Only in quiet waters things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.
~ Hans Margolius