Ancient Greece
-470 // -399


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Beware the barrenness of a busy life
An honest man is always a child
A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true
Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live
Virtue is the nursing-mother of all human pleasures, who, in rendering them just, renders them also pure and permanent; in moderating them, keeps them in breath and appetite; in interdicting those which she herself refuses, whets our desires to those that she allows; and, like a kind and liberal mother, abundantly allows all that nature requires, even to satiety, if not to lassitude
Virtue is the beauty of the soul
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults
There is no difference between knowledge and temperance; for he who knows what is good and embraces it, who knows what is bad and avoids it, is learned and temperate
The unexamined life is not worth living
The tongue of a fool is the key of his counsel, which, in a wise man, wisdom hath in keeping
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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."