What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.— Pericles
Passioned Ancient Greek quotations
I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.
Freedom in capitalist society always remains about the same as it was in ancient Greek republics: Freedom for slave owners.
Sex and sleep alone make me conscious that I am mortal.
Be as you wish to seem.
The ancient Greek definition of happiness was the full use of your powers along lines of excellence.
Chaos does not mean total disorder. Chaos means a multiplicity of possibilities. Chaos is from the ancient Greek words that means a thing that is birthed from the void. And it was about that which is possible, not about disorder.
We look at the ancient Greeks with their gods on a mountain top throwing lightning bolts and say, 'Those ancient Greeks. They were so silly. So primitive and naive. Not like our religions. We have burning bushes talking to people and guys walking on water. We're ...sophisticated.'
He is the richest who is content with the least.
Few men have the natural strength to honor a friend's success without envy.
Of all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.
The old Lie:Dulce et decorum est Pro patria mori.
These three qualities I recommend to you;
tenacity, goodness, and intelligence. They are as valuable today as they were in the time of the ancient Greeks, Romans and during the renaissance. They will help make you good professionals.
Sanskrit has ninety-six words for love;
ancient Persian has eighty; Greek three; and English simply one.
Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
That which is used - develops. That which is not used wastes away.
The ancient Greeks noticed that a man with arms and legs extended described a circle, with his navel as the center.
Well, love is insanity. The ancient Greeks knew that. It is the taking over of a rational and lucid mind by delusion and self-destruction. You lose yourself, you have no power over yourself, you can't even think straight.
Nobody can say a word against Greek: it stamps a man at once as an educated gentlemen.
Strangers used to gather together at the cinema and sit together in the dark, like Ancient Greeks participating in the mysteries, dreaming the same dream in unison.
The question of the composition of perceptible objects is one which already occupied the mind of the ancient Greeks.
Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
The Gaia Hypothesis of James Lovelock [and Lynn Margulis] puts forward a scientific view of the living Earth, which in one respect is modern, empherical, scientific, in another respect re-awakens an ancient archetype, which in fact is so clearly suggested by the very name of the hypothesis, Gaia, the Greek name for Mother Earth.
I sometimes wonder if the hand is not more sensitive to the beauties of sculpture than the eye. I should think the wonderful rhythmical flow of lines and curves could be more subtly felt than seen. Be this as it may, I know that I can feel the heart-throbs of the ancient Greeks in their marble gods and goddesses.
The ancient Greek "oral poets" all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the muse to help them remember.
The gift of truth excels all other gifts.
Catharsis comes from the ancient Greek word.
..which literally translated means 'to pass a hard stool'
...for the object of education is to teach us to love beauty.
Those whose hearts are fixed on Reality itself deserve the title of Philosophers.
Come back with your shield - or on it
If in the library of your house you do not have the works of the ancient Greek writers, then you live in a house with no light.
The ancient Greeks were the first ones to say an unexamined life is not worth living. They don't tell you of course what we found out, an examined life not that fascinating either.
The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.
Again, if there are really no fairies, why do people believe in them, all over the world? The ancient Greeks believed, so did the old Egyptians, and the Hindoos, and the Red Indians, and is it likely, if there are no fairies, that so many different peoples would have seen and heard them?