Quotes from Ancient Times
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Pythagoras BC 582-507, Greek Philosopher, Mathematician
Friends are as companions on a journey, who ought to aid each other to persevere in the road to a happier life.
Rest satisfied with doing well, and leave others to talk of you as they will.
In this theater of man's life, it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers-on.
Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression. No man is free who cannot control himself.
Above the cloud with its shadow is the star with its light. Above all things reverence thyself.
It is better wither to be silent, or to say things of more value than silence. Sooner throw a pearl at hazard than an idle or useless word; and do not say a little in many words, but a great deal in a few.
Strength of mind rests in sobriety; for this keeps your reason unclouded by passion.
Virtue is harmony.
If there be light, then there is darkness; if cold, heat; if height, depth; if solid, fluid; if hard, soft; if rough, smooth; if calm, tempest; if prosperity, adversity; if life, death.
The most momentous thing in human life is the art of winning the soul to good or evil.
Polybius c.200-c.120 BC, Greek Politician, Diplomat, Historian
A short absence is the safest.
Those that know how to win are much more numerous than those who know how to make proper use of their victories.
Pericles BC 495-429, Athenian Statesman
Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.
Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave, and gives them what he will and not what they crave.
Wait for the wisest of all counselors, Time.
Man values life as a sacred jewel in such a way that he reveres him most who haughtily scorns it.
Joy has this in common with pain, that it robs people of reason.
Where the flag of truth waves unfurled, there you will find superstition waiting in ambush.
Like an arrow to its mark flies the word good man's word.
To speak on without saying anything has always been the greatest gift of orators.
Where there is much to risk, there is much to consider.
To a well deserving person God will show favor. To an ill deserving person He will simply be just.
Good courage in a bad affair is half of the evil overcome.
A patient mind is the best remedy for trouble.
Being is desirable because it is identical with Beauty, and Beauty is loved because it is Being. We ourselves possess Beauty when we are true to our own being; ugliness is in going over to another order; knowing ourselves, we are beautiful; in self-ignorance, we are ugly.
Withdraw into yourself and look. And if you do not fine yourself beautiful yet, act as does the creator of a statue that is to be made beautiful: he cuts away here, he smoothes there, he makes this line lighter, this other purer, until a lovely face has grown his work. So do you also: cut away all that is excessive, straighten all that is crooked, bring light to all that is overcast, labor to make all one glow or beauty and never cease chiseling your statue, until there shall shine out on you from it the godlike splendor of virtue, until you see the perfect goodness surely established in the stainless shrine
God is not external to anyone, but is present with all things, though they are ignorant that he is so.
You're biggest expense is the money you don't make.
The best may slip, and even the most cautious fall; but he is more than human who errors not at all.
When thoughts arise, then do all things arise. When thoughts vanish, then do all things vanish.
If you cannot renounce the world the genius of happiness will never salute you.
Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.
Publius Cornelius Tacitus
In times of tumult and discord bad men have the most power; mental and moral excellence require peace and quiteness.
Patanjali Indian Philospher
In deep meditation the flow of concentration is continuous like the flow of oil.
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bonds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and your discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.