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Antisthenes 388-311 BC, Greek Dramatis Quotes

We must not contradict, but instruct him that contradicts us; for a madman is not cured by another running mad also.

Observe your enemies, for they first find out your faults.

Pay attention to your enemies for they are the first to discover your mistakes.

Serve your enemies for they first find out your faults.

As iron is eaten away by rust, so the envious are consumed by their own passion.

Decimus Magnus Ausonius 310-395, Latin Poet

Begin - to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.

Forgive many things in others; nothing in yourself.

When about to commit a base deed, respect thyself, though there is no witness.

Nothing more detestable does the earth produce than an ungrateful man.

Archimedes c. 287-212 BC, Greek Mathematician

Give me a lever long enough, and a prop strong enough, I can single-handed move the world.

Eureka! [I have found it!] On discovery of a method to test the purity of gold.

Give me a place to stand, and a lever long enough, and I will move the world.

There are things which seem incredible to most men who have not studied Mathematics.

Marcus Antonius c.83-30 BC, Roman Triumvir, Related to Julius Caesar Quotes

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.

Opinion is the main thing which does harm or good in the world. It is our false opinions that ruin us.

Consider how much more you often suffer from your anger and grief, than from those very things for which you are angry and grieved.

The curiosity to know things has been given to man as a scourge.


A faithful friend is the medicine of life.


Seek not the things that are too hard for thee, neither search the things that are beyond thy strength.


To accomplish great things we must not only act but also dream, not only plan but also believe.


Men exist for the sake of one another. Teach them then or bear with them

Marcus Aurelias

I had the blues because I had no shoes until upon the street, I met a man who had no feet.

Ancient Persian Saying

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Goodness does not consist in greatness, but greatness in goodness.


No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.

Heraclitus, lived around 500 BC

The unexamined life is not worth living.

Socrates, classical Greek philosopher

Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power.

Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Fas est ab hoste doceri. One should learn even from one's enemies.

Ovid, Metamorphoses

Can't you see that I'm only advising you to beg yourself not to be so dumb?

Petronius, The Satyricon
Mark how fleeting and paltry is the estate of man--yesterday in embryo, tomorrow a mummy or ashes. So for the hairsbreadth of time assigned to thee, live rationally, and part with life cheerfully, as drops the ripe olive, extolling the season that bore it and the tree that matured it.
I have enforced the law against killing certain animals and many others, but the greatest progress of righteousness among men comes from the exhortation in favor of non-injury to life and abstention from killing living beings.
For that's what a woman, a mother wants -- to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own.
The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else.
Waste no more time arguing about what a good man should be. Be one.
What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.

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