Words of Wisdom: Greek Philosophers


Monthly inspiration of ancient quotes from the lovers of wisdom

aristotleIt is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

Aristotle (384-322 BC)

epictetusThe key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best.

Epictetus (55-135)

pythagorasAs long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings he will never know health or peace, for as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other.

Pythagoras of Samos (570-495 BC)

socratesThe only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Socrates (469-399 BC)

platoRhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.

Plato (428-347 BC)

plutarchI don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better.

Plutarch (46-120)

epicurusRiches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.

Epicurus (341-271 BC)

epictetusMake the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.

Epictetus (55-135)

platoLaws are made to instruct the good, and in the hope that there may be no need of them; also to control the bad, whose hardness of heart will not be hindered from crime.

Plato (428-347 BC)


Dogs and philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards.

Diogenes of Sinope (412-323 BC)

aristotleMoral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts.

Aristotle (384-322 BC)

socratesThe unexamined life is not worth living.

Socrates (469-399 BC)







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