Quotes by Greek authors


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"It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all"
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"It is godlike ever to think on something beautiful and on something new"
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"Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence"
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"Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies"
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"It is the nature of the wise to resist pleasures, but the foolish to be a slave to them"
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"Cleverness is not wisdom"
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"Culture makes all men gentle"
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"Whom the gods love dies young"
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"Learn to bear bravely changes of fortune"
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"Safeguard the health both of body and soul"
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"As soon as laws are necessary for men, they are no longer fit for freedom"
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"Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few"
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"Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life"
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"Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech"
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"I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion"
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"I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion"
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"Bad men are full of repentance"
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"At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst"
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"Anybody can become angry - that is easy, but to be angry with the right person and to the right degree and at the right time and for the right purpose, and in the right way - that is not within everybody's power and is not easy"
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"All virtue is summed up in dealing justly"
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"All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind"
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"All men by nature desire knowledge"
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"All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire"
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"A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side"
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"A true friend is one soul in two bodies"
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"A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning and middle and end"
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"A sense is what has the power of receiving into itself the sensible forms of things without the matter, in the way in which a piece of wax takes on the impress of a signet-ring without the iron or gold"
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