The impact of ancient Greece, on the European culture, is undeniable. Its cultural heritage is one of the richest in the world. The Greeks made a major contribution in almost all fields, from literature to architecture, from science to math and philosophy. Greece has offered the world two great gifts: philosophy and science. Before Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, many Greeks believed that many natural phenomena have explanations in divinity. Greek philosophers began to ask questions and looked for solutions and answers to these phenomena through research and experimentation. To understand the great Greek philosophers, it is important to know some of their most important quotes. We present you 100 Greek Philosopher Quotes that will change your way of thinking:
1 Only the dead have seen the end of war.
2 The beginning is the most important part of the work.
3 One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.
4 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.
7 The greatest wealth is to live content with little.
8 Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.9 There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
10 Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
11 We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
12 The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
15 I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.
16 We make war that we may live in peace.
17 There was never a genius without a tincture of madness.
18 Democracy is the form of government in which the free are rulers.
19 The difference between a learned man and an ignorant one is the same as that between a living man and a corpse.
20 Education and morals make the good man, the good statesman, the good ruler.
23 By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
26 Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
27 It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
28 He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
29 Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.
30 From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
31 Don’t try to cover your mistakes with false words. Rather, correct your mistakes with examination.
33 In anger, we should refrain both from speech and action.
34 Learn silence. With the quiet serenity of a meditative mind, listen, absorb, transcribe, and transform.
35 The oldest, shortest words – ‘yes’ and ‘no’ – are those which require the most thought.
36 Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they please.
37 Numbers have a way of taking a man by the hand and leading him down the path of reason.
40 It is better to be silent, than to dispute with the ignorant.
43 Let reason alone decide.
44 Give me the power to produce fever and I’ll cure all disease.
45 The only roads of enquiry there are to think of: one, that it is and that it is not possible for it not to be, this is the path of persuasion (for truth is its companion); the other, that it is not and that it must not be — this I say to you is a path wholly unknowable.
46 There is one story left, one road: that it is. And on this road there are very many signs that, being, is uncreated and imperishable, whole, unique, unwavering, and complete.
47 Do not let habit, born from experience, force you along this road, directing aimless eye and echoing ear and tongue; but judge by reason the much contested proof which I have spoken.
48 It is indifferent to me where I am to begin, for there shall I return again.
49 We can speak and think only of what exists. And what exists is uncreated and imperishable for it is whole and unchanging and complete. It was not or nor shall be different since it is now, all at once, one and continuous.
50 Being alone is and nothing is altogether not.
51 The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself.
53 Hope is the only good that is common to all men; those who have nothing else possess hope still.
54 Necessity is the strongest of things, for it rules everything.
55 Intellect is the swiftest of things, for it runs through everything.
56 There are three attributes for which I am grateful to Fortune: that I was born, first, human and not animal; second, man and not woman; and third, Greek and not barbarian.
59 Time is the wisest of all things that are; for it brings everything to light.
60 Who is happy? This is a person, who has a healthy body, is dowered with peace of mind and cultivates his talents.
63 The seed of everything is in everything else.
64 The descent to Hades is the same from every place.
65 It is not I who have lost the Athenians, but the Athenians who have lost me.
66 Appearances are a glimpse of the unseen.
67 There is no smallest among the small and no largest among the large, but always something still smaller and something still larger.
68 The Greeks are wrong to recognize coming into being and perishing; for nothing comes into being nor perishes, but is rather compounded or dissolved from things that are. So they would be right to call coming into being composition and perishing dissolution.
69 The forces of rotation caused red hot masses of stones to be torn away from the Earth and to be thrown into the ether, and this is the origin of the stars.
70 The Sun is a mass of fiery stone, a little larger than Greece.
75 It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them.
76 Keep silence for the most part, and speak only when you must, and then briefly.
77 All religions must be tolerated for every man must get to heaven in his own way.
78 If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.
79 The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.
81 If God listened to the prayers of men, all men would quickly have perished: for they are forever praying for evil against one another.82 Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.
83 You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships everyday. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. 84 Death does not concern us because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist.
85 It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.
86 A free life cannot acquire many possessions because this is not easy to do without servility to mobs or monarchs.
87 The misfortune of the wise is better than the prosperity of the fool.
88 I never desired to please the rabble. What pleased them, I did not learn; and what I knew was far removed from their understanding.
89 It is better for you to be free of fear lying upon a pallet, than to have a golden couch and a rich table and be full of trouble.
90 Not what we have But what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
91 Love is a God, who cooperates in securing the safety of the city.
92 No evil is honorable: but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil.
93 The reason why we have two ears and only one mouth is that we may listen the more and talk the less.94 Man conquers the world by conquering himself.95 Steel your sensibilities, so that life shall hurt you as little as possible.
96 Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.
97 Happiness is a good flow of life
98 Wellbeing is attained by little and little, and nevertheless is no little thing itself.
99 All things are parts of one single system, which is called nature; the individual life is good when it is in harmony with nature.
100 The end may be defined as life in accordance with nature or, in other words, in accordance with our own human nature as well as that of the universe.