Friday, February 20, 2009

Ancient Greek Sayings


By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.
--Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

Seeing a woman all dressed up for a trip to the city, Socrates remarked, "I suspect that your trip is not to see the city, but for the city to see you.
--Socrates (470-399 B.C.)

No better thing befalls a man than a good wife, no worse thing than a bad one.

--Semonides of Amorgos

The kind of events that once took place will by reason of human nature take places again.


We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office
--Aesop (~550 BC)

Appearances often are deceiving.
--Aesop (~550 BC)

In union there is strength.

Never trust the advice of a man in difficulties.

Be content with your lot; one cannot be first in everything

We often despise what is most useful to us.

He that is neither one thing nor the other has no friends.

Wealth unused might as well not exist

One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life: that word is love.

We cannot learn without pain.

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.

Only the dead have seen the end of war

Each man is capable of doing one thing well. If he attempts several, he will fail to achieve distinction in any.

Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will fin d a way around the laws.

To be at once exceedingly wealthy and good is impossible.
--Plato (c. 428-348 BC)

The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.


First secure an independent income, then practice virtue.
--Greek Proverb

Asked once how far Sparta's borders stretched, Agesilaus brandished his spear, and said, "As far as this can reach."

There's nothing certain in man's life except this: That he must lose it.


No one ever creates anything great without a dash of madness.

Men grow tired of sleep, love, singing and dancing sooner than of war.

Delphic Maxims
Know yourself.
Nothing in excess.
Aid friends.
Control anger.
Shun unjust acts.
Ackowledge sacred things.
Hold on to learning.
Praise virtue.
Avoid enemies.
Cultivate kinsmen.
Pity supplicants.
Accomplish your limit.
When you err, repent.
Consider the time.
Worship the divine.
Accept old age.

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