37 Inspirational Greek Philosopher Quotes To Think Deeper

1. “All the earth is mine, and I have a right to go all over it and through it.” ― Apollonius of Tyana

2. “Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest.” ― Epicurus

3. “Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.” ― Socrates

4. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” ― Aristotle

5. “No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.” ― Heraclitus

6. “When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger.” ― Epictetus

7. “Misfortune shows those who are not really friends.” ― Aristotle

8. “Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.” ― Democritus

9. “The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival.” ― Aristotle

10. “Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss.” ― Epicurus

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

12. “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” ― Socrates (see more quotes by Socrates)

13. “If thou suffer injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.” ― Democritus

14. “Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.” ― Democritus

15. “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.” ― Aristotle

16. “I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self.” ― Aristotle

17. “Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.” ― Democritus

18. “If I had followed the multitude, I should not have studied philosophy.” ― Chrysippus

19. “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.” ― Heraclitus

20. “It is a true man’s part not to err, but it is also noble of a man to perceive his error.” ― Apollonius of Tyana

21. “Difficulties are things that show a person what they are.” ― Epictetus (see more Epictetus quotes)

22. “Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.” ― Democritus

23. “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.” ― Aristotle

24. “Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others.” ― Churchill

25. “The foundation of every state is the education of its youth.” ― Diogenes

26. “For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories.” ― Plato

27. “It is hard to contend against one’s heart’s desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul.” ― Heraclitus

28. “He has the most who is most content with the least.” ― Diogenes

29. “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” ― Epictetus

30. “Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on.” ― Citium Zeno

31. “Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord.” ― Plutarch

32. “No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education.” ― Plato

33. “Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom.” ― Plato

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

35. “No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger.” ― Heraclitus

36. “Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered.” ― Aristotle

37. “Moral 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

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