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Famous quotes from Greek philosophers





- How many things I can do without! (on looking at a multitude of wares exposed for sale)Socrates 469-399 BC

- Probable impossibilities are to be preferred to improbabale possibilities.Aristotle 384-322 BC

- A whole is that which has a beggining, a middle and an end.Aristotle 384-322 BC

- Is that which is holy loved by gods because it is holy, or is it holy because it is loved by the gods?Plato 429-347 BC

- And whatsoever I shall see or hear in the course fo my profession, as well as outside my profession in my intercourse with men, if it be what should not be published abroad, I will never divulge hoding such things to be holy secrets. Hippocrates c.460 - 357 BC

- Go, tell the Spartans, tho who passest by, That here obedient to their laws we lie.(epitaph for the Spartans who died at ThermopylaeSimonides c.556-468BC

- By convention there is colour, by convention sweetness, by convention bitterness, but in reality there are atoms and space.Democritus c.460-c.370 BC

- Someone asked Sophocles, "How is your sex-life now? Are you still able to have a woman?" He replied, "Hush, man; most gladly indeed am I rid of it all, as though I had escaped from a mad and savage master"Sophocles c.496-406 BC

- Silence is a woman's finest ornament.Auctoritates Aristotelis

- The road up and the road down are one and the same.Heraclitus c.540-480 BC

- He who is able to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.Aristotle 384-322 BC

- What worse change can any one bring against an orator than that his words and his sentiments do not tally?Demosthenes c.384-c.322BC

- When asked what was first in oratory, (he) replied to his questioner, 'action' what second, 'action' and again third, 'action'Demosthenes c.384-c.322BC

- Have patience, heart. Once you endured worse than this.Homer, The Odyssey

- Justice inclines her scales so that wisdom comes at the price of suffering.Aeschylus c.525-456 BC

- Give me but one firm spot on which to stand, and I will move the earth.Archimedes c.287-212BC

- Tragedy is thus a representation of an action thaqt is worth serious attention, complete in itself and of some amplitude...by means of pity and fear bringing about the purgation of such emotions.Aristotle 384-322 BC

- Something sweet is the whisper of the pine, O goatherd, that makes her music by yonder springs.Theocritus c. 300-260 BC

- Is it not worthy of tears that, when the number of worlds is infinite, we have'nt become yet lords of a single one?(when asked why he wept on hearing from Anaxarchus that there was as infinite number of worlds)Alexander the Great 356-323 BC

- We make war that we may live in peace.Aristotle 384-322 BC

- One more such victory and we are lost.(on defeating the Romans at Asculum, 279 BCPyrrhus 319-272 BC

- The greatest glory of a woman is to be least talked about by men.Pericles c.495-429 BC

- Men say of us that we live a life free from danger at home while they fight wars. How wrong they are! I would rather stand three times in the battle line than bear one child.Euripides c.485-c.406 BC

- Whom the gods love dies young.Menander 342-c.292 BC


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