If you do not take an interest in the affairs of your government, then you are doomed to live under the rule of fools.— Plato
Colorful Greek Philosopher quotations
By All means marry, if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
Illnesses do not come upon us out of the blue.
They are developed from small daily sins against Nature. When enough sins have accumulated, illnesses will suddenly appear.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.
What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.
He who has overcome his fears will truly be free.
Nothing exists; even if something exists, nothing can be known about it; and even if something can be known about it, knowledge about it can't be communicated to others.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Be as you wish to seem.
She soars on her own wings.
True friends visit us in prosperity only when invited, but in adversity they come without invitation.
In the entire first Christian century Jesus is not mentioned by a single Greek or Roman historian, religion scholar, politician, philosopher or poet. His name never occurs in a single inscription, and it is never found in a single piece of private correspondence. Zero! Zip references!
If measure and symmetry are absent from any composition in any degree, ruin awaits both the ingredients and the composition... Measure and symmetry are beauty and virtue the world over.
Get not your friends by bare compliments but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.
Happiness belongs to the self sufficient.
The pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Parmenides taught that the only things that are real are things which never change... and the pre-Socratic Greek philosopher Heraclitus taught that everything changes. If you superimpose their two views, you get this result: Nothing is real.
I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the world.
Often war is waged only in order to show valor;
thus an inner dignity is ascribed to war itself, and even some philosophers have praised it as an ennoblement of humanity, forgetting the pronouncement of the Greek who said, 'War is an evil in as much as it produces more wicked men than it takes away.'
The chief forms of beauty are order and symmetry and definiteness, which the mathematical sciences demonstrate in a special degree.
When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.
He is the richest who is content with the least.
If you do not expect the unexpected, you will not recognize it when it arrives.
A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but when old and past service.
There is far greater peril in buying knowledge than in buying meat and drink.
Music then is simply the result of the effects of Love on rhythm and harmony.
Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.
Nothing great is created suddenly, any more than a bunch of grapes or a fig.
The gift of truth excels all other gifts.
...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.
Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.'
Either we shall find what it is we are seeking or at least we shall free ourselves from the persuasion that we know what we do not know.
In all the good Greek of Plato I lack my roastbeef and potato.
A better man was Aristotle, Pulling steady on the bottle.
To test a perfect theory with imperfect instruments did not impress the Greek philosophers as a valid way to gain knowledge.
The fool’s life is empty of gratitude and full of fears; its course lies wholly toward the future.