A list of 96 ancient Greek quotes from famous Greek philosophers about life and wisdom. Here are the Greek sayings from ancient Greece to help you make wise choices in life. May the Greek quotes below help you understand the meaning of life from the Greek Perspective?
96 Ancient Greek Quotes
1. We are but dust and shadow. Horace.
2. Danger gleams like sunshine to a brave man’s eyes. Euripides.
3. Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Plato.
4. Everything that rises sets, and everything that grows, grows old. Sallust.
5. The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself. Thales.
6. I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Plato.
7. The beginning is the most important part of the work. Plato.
8. Harmony makes small things grow. Lack of it makes big things decay. Sallust.
9. Love’ is the name for our pursuit of wholeness, for our desire to be complete. Plato.
10. No human thing is of serious importance. Plato.
11. You believe that easily which you hoped for earnestly. Terence.
12. The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future life. Plato.
13. There is nothing permanent except change. Heraclitus.
14. I call myself a peaceful warrior because the battles we fight are on the inside. Socrates.
15. The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses. Ovid.
16. Learning is not child’s play; we cannot learn without pain. Aristotle.
17. The measure of a man is what he does with power. Plato.
18. No more good must be attempted than the nation can bear. Solon.
19. Difficulty shows what men are. Epictetus.
20. Educating the mind without educating the heart isn’t education at all. Aristotle.
21. Dogs bark at what they don’t understand. Heraclitus.
22. Tomorrow’s life is too late. Live today. Martial.
23. Luck is a matter of preparation to meet opportunities. Seneca.
24. A honest man is always a child. Socrates.
25. Hope is a walking dream. Aristotle.
26. If you think twice before speaking once, you speak twice, the better for it. Plutarch.
27. The others live to eat but I am eating to live. Greek Quote.
28. Love conquers all things; let us too surrender to love. Virgil.
29. Where fear is, happiness is not. Greek Quote.
30. It is in change that we find purpose. Heraclitus.
31. A dead man cannot bite. Plutarch.
32. All mortals desire themselves to be praised. Ennius.
33. It is impossible to please everyone in great deeds. Solon.
34. It is always in season for old men to learn. Aeschylus.
35. You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. Plato.
36. Fishes live in the sea as men do on land; the great ones eat up the little ones. Pericles.
37. If you try to cure evil with evil, you will add more pain to your fate. Sophocles.
38. Life is not to be merely alive as well but to be well. Martial.
39. As to diseases, make a habit of two things; to help or at least to do no harm. Hippocrates.
40. Knowledge is the food of the soul. Plato.
41. Men create the gods in their own image. Xenophanes.
42. A true friend is tested in adversity. Ennius.
43. The roots of education are bitter but the fruits are sweet. Aristotle.
44. Always desire to learn something useful. Sophocles.
45. Nothing is as valuable to a man as courage. Terence.
46. Healing is a matter of time but is sometimes also a matter of opportunity. Hippocrates.
47. Beware the toils of war, the mesh of the huge dragnet sweeping up the world. Homer.
48. Everything flows and nothing stays. Homer.
49. A sure friend is known in unsure circumstances. Ennius.
50. Wine can out of their wits beguile, make the sage frolic and the serious smile. Homer.
51. He who is greedy is always in want. Horace.
52. Anyone can hold the helm when the sea is calm. Publilius Syrus.
53. We don’t rise to the level of our expectations; we fall to the level of our training. Archilochus.
54. Death is not the greatest of all evils; it is worse to want to die, and not to be able to. Sophocles.
55. All philosophy lies in two words, sustain and abstain. Epictetus.
56. Control thy passions lest they take vengeance on thee. Epictetus.
57. Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you have fallen. Socrates.
58. Begin, be bold, and venture to be wise. Horace.
59. Those who know do. Those that understand teach. Aristotle.
60. Fortune and love favor the brave. Ovid.
61. The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue. Antisthenes.
62. Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates.
63. True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates.
64. Ideas are the source of all things. Plato.
65. Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. Aristotle.
66. Love is all we have, the only way that each can help the other. Euripides.
67. You should not honor men more than truth. Plato.
68. There is no harm in repeating a good thing. Plato.
69. A man cannot become a hero until he sees the root of his downfall. Aristotle.
70. The energy of the mind is the essence of life. Aristotle.
71. Time bears always all things. Virgil.
72. Each of us bears his own Hell. Virgil.
73. A man’s character is his fate. Heraclitus.
74. Much learning does not teach understanding. Heraclitus.
75. Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates.
76. Learn to be silent. Let your quiet mind listen and absorb. Pythagoras.
77. The oldest, short words, yes and no are those which require the most thought. Pythagoras.
78. The stars in the heavens sing a music if only we had the ears to hear. Pythagoras.
79. Silence is better than unmeaning words. Pythagoras.
80. The art of living happily is to live in present. Pythagoras.
81. Immortal and indestructible surrounds all and directs all. Anaximander.
82. Every man is the architect of his own fortune. Sallust.
83. Nothing occurs at random but everything for a reason and by necessity. Leucippus.
84. Adversity reveals genius, prosperity conceals it. Horace.
85. All Things are Full of God. Anaximander.
86. Only the educated are free. Epictetus.
87. Nothing happens to anybody which is not fitted by nature to bear. Marcus Aurelius.
88. Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion. Democritus.
89. Words are but a shadow of actions. Democritus.
90. By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich. Democritus.
91. The mighty main sea is the begetter of clouds and winds and rivers. Anaximenes.
92. It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours. Diogenes.
93. The soul is identical with what produces movement in an animal. Leucippus.
94. He has the most who is content with the least. Diogenes.
95. Appearances are the glimpse of unseen. Anaxagoras.
96. In everything, there is a share of everything. Anaxagoras.
Well, these are all the 96 Greek quotes and Greek sayings from famous Greek philosophers I had to share with you and hope you got something from them. Peace.
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