Ancient Greek Quotes


On the windy shore of Loutraki, windsurfers glided over the Corinthian gulf, under the first sunset of 2012. In celebration of the New Year, here is a medley of modern Greece with Ancient Greek quotes from antiquity’s greatest minds.

Human behavior flows from three main sources: desire, emotion, and knowledge. – Plato

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. – Plato

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

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. – Epictetus

Apply yourself both now and in the next life. Without effort, you cannot be prosperous. Though the land be good, You cannot have an abundant crop without cultivation. – Plato

How can you prove whether at this moment we are sleeping, and all our thoughts are a dream; or whether we are awake, and talking to one another in the waking state?  –Plato

 As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. –Socrates

Be as you wish to seem. –Socrates

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. –Socrates

By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher. –Socrates

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.  –Socrates

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. –Socrates

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. –Socrates

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. –Socrates

Let us carefully observe those good qualities wherein our enemies excel us; and endeavor to excel them, by avoiding what is faulty, and imitating what is excellent in them. –Plutarch

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

A happy life consists in tranquility of mind. –Cicero

Never go to excess, but let moderation be your guide. –Cicero

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. –Aristotle

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. – Plato

The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled. –Plutarch

What we achieve inwardly will change outer reality. -Plutarch

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart. –Confucius

A man’s character is his fate. –Heraclitus

Wait for that wisest of all counselors, Time. –Pericles


3 Responses to “Ancient Greek Quotes

  • So proud of all of your hard work! Love it

    • Thank you so much.

  • Hey Mellissa beautiful photos and stunning writing. Don’t ever stop. Take care. Jason

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