Socrates, Aristotle, Pericles, Nikos Kazantzakis, YiaYia

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Every November, Thanksgiving arrives, and we are reminded of things to be grateful for. In the same token, November has also become the National Month of Gratitude. While we should remain thankful year round, the following quotes can be a way to help keep thankfulness in mind. Spoken by some of “The Greats,” the quotes all encompass elements of strength, the search for meaning, ethics, and other virtues that all seem to fall under the umbrella of gratitude. Quotes 1 through 4 are sourced from

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Socrates (Philosopher): “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” Socrates’ teachings set a trail in the ancient era. His legacy continued by way of his student Plato, who then went on to teach Aristotle. Here Socrates demonstrates the value of simplicity. A reminder that wealth does not mean money, items, and so on. Being content with the simple things in life is what will make one truly rich.

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Aristotle (Philosopher): “We live in deeds, not years; in thoughts, not breaths; in feelings, not figures on dial. We should count time by heart throbs…” A student of Plato, Aristotle in his later days was a tutor to Alexander the Great. If we are to follow Aristotle’s quotation here, it indicates that we should measure life by the “heart throbs” (heart beats). Cherish the moments and live by those.

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Pericles (Athenian Statesman): “What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” Pericles led the city of Athens to greatness in the Ancient Era. His experiences with “The People” are many, and this quotation clearly shows it by way of detailing how we impact others. Someone’s personal experience with you will mean more in the end than a plaque.

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Nikos Kazantzakis (Author): “Happiness is a simple everyday miracle, like water, and we are not aware of it.”  Nikos Kazantzakis is known for some of the greatest pieces of literature, such as Faust and Zorba the Greek. With notable works, also comes notable quotations. Many being inspiring, motivational, and insightful. In this quotation, Kazantzakis reminds us of the importance of happiness, something we must not underestimate.

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YiaYia (Modern Day Wonder Woman):  “Kathe empodio yia einai kalo.” My YiaYia has told me this many times. While she may not have originated this proverb, it feels like it’s her quote! It essentially translates to, “for every obstacle, there is good.” Which reminds us that we should even be thankful for the hard times, as good will emerge.

Yiayia (Bess Meisler) bonds with Paris (Elena Kampouris) in My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. 


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