Ancient Greek Philosophers of Greece and their Quotes, True Words of Wisdom

Greek philosophers
Greek philosophers


Every time that we turn on our computers, we are bombarded with quotes, with images, with "inspirational cards" (Facebook is full of them!).

We have "Life coaches" telling us to be" Mindful" to have a "Mindset".

"Mindfulness"

 It seems to be the "New religion"

Authors are at it, Gurus are at it, it seems like every Tom, Dick and Harry is at it!

Sorry to tell you this folks but it's all been said and done before.

Thousands of years before.

By the Greeks, the Greek philosophers.

Philosophy: The love of wisdom

So search no further, just read what those wily, wise men of Athens had to say.

 They knew what was what!

Demosthenes
Demosthenes

"Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."
Demosthenes 

What we hear today as: "Small steps"


Aristotle
Aristotle

"Happiness depends upon ourselves."
Aristotle

All those inspirational cards telling us that:
 "Only you have the ability to make yourself happy, don't depend on others"

"You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour."
  Aristotle

Interpreted today as:
 "Step outside your comfort zone"


Plutarch
Plutarch

"To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future."
Plutarch

The old adage: " We learn from our mistakes"


Socrates
Socrates


"One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing."
Socrates

Could be " We must never stop learning"


"Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty"
Socrates

Today: "The best things in life are free"


"Question everything"
Socrates

Do not merely take something at face value, or do something because someone says so, whether it is one person or a hundred."
Socrates.

 "Never assume" (My favourite!)


Epicurus
Epicurus



"Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for."
Epicurus 

In other words: "Be grateful for what you have"


Plato
Plato


“The beginning is the most important part of the work.”
Plato

As we all know: "Just do it" !

These are just a few of thousands of quotes, from the works, books and poetry, of Greek Philosophers, wise men indeed.

They all seem to have a common idea:

Keep things simple.

So, live the simple life, live like a Greek!

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