Quotes from Ancient Times
What the rich and famous and wise said
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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.
Plato 428 ~ 347 BC, Greek Philosopher
Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
The beginning is the most important part of the work.
Must not all things at the last be swallowed up in death?
Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
A dog has the soul of a philosopher.
Ignorance, the root and the stem of every evil.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Never discourage anyone...who continually makes progress, no matter how slow.
Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws.
When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
The learning and knowledge that we have, is, at the most, but little compared with that of which we are ignorant.
Courage is knowing what not to fear.
There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot.
A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
The most virtuous are those who content themselves with being virtuous without seeking to appear so.
Death is not the worst than can happen to men.
Everything that deceives may be said to enchant.
Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
Mankind censure injustice fearing that they may be the victims of it, and not because they shrink from committing it.
The partisan, when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.
Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
The wisest have the most authority.
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
Thinking: The talking of the soul with itself.
At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
The man who makes everything that leads to happiness depends upon himself, and not upon other men, has adopted the very best plan for living happily. This is the man of moderation, the man of manly character and of wisdom.
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.
I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning.
Astronomy compels the soul to look upwards and leads us from this world to another.
There is no such thing as a lover's oath.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark. The real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
The heaviest penalty for deciding to engage in politics is to be ruled by someone inferior to yourself.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
The greatest penalty of evildoing - namely, to grow into the likeness of bad men.
Science is nothing but perception.
Honesty is for the most part less profitable than dishonesty.
The first and greatest victory is to conquer yourself; to be conquered by yourself is of all things most shameful and vile.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.
The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
You cannot conceive the many without the one.
They certainly give very strange names to diseases.
Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on Simplicity.
Friends have all things in common.
The life which is unexamined is not worth living.