Ancient Greece
-384 // -322


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The avarice of mankind is insatiable
The activity of happiness must occupy an entire lifetime; for one swallow does not a summer make
Some men are just as firmly convinced of what they think as others of what they know
Shame is an ornament of the young; a disgrace of the old
Praise invariably implies a reference to a higher standard
Our characters are a result of our conduct
Of mankind in general, the parts are greater than the whole
No one will dare maintain that it is better to do injustice than to bear it
No one loves the man whom he fears
Men regard it as their right to return evil for evil and, if they cannot, feel they have lost their liberty
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."