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Greek Philosopher

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Featured QuoteAbundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise.
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A man's character is his fate. View Quote
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Abundance of knowledge does not teach men to be wise. View Quote
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All are one. View Quote
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All is flux, nothing stays still. View Quote
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All things are in flux; the flux is subject to a unifying measure or rational principle. This principle logos, the hidden harmony behind all change bound opposites together in a unified tension, which is like that of a lyre, where a stable harmonious sound emerges from the tension of the opposing forces that arise from the bow bound together by the string. View Quote
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Big results require big ambitions. View Quote
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Bigotry is the sacred disease. View Quote
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Change alone is unchanging. View Quote
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Character is destiny. View Quote
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Corpses are more fit to be thrown out than is dung. View Quote
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Couples are wholes and not wholes, what agrees disagrees, the concordant is discordant. From all things one and from one all things. View Quote
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Deliberate violence is more to be quenched than a fire. View Quote
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Eternity is a child playing, playing checkers; the kingdom belongs to a child. View Quote
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Even a soul submerged in sleep is hard at work and helps make something of the world. View Quote
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Even sleepers are workers and collaborators in what goes on in the Universe. View Quote
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Even what those with the greatest reputation for knowing it all claim to understand and defend are but opinions. View Quote
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Everything changes, and no thing abides. View Quote
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Eyes and ears are poor witnesses to people if they have uncultured souls. View Quote
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God is day and night, winter and summer, war and peace, surfeit and hunger. View Quote
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Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character. View Quote
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Hide our ignorance as we will, an evening of wine soon reveals it. View Quote
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How can you hide from what never goes away? View Quote
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I am what libraries and librarians have made me, with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets. View Quote
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If it were not for injustice, men would not know justice. View Quote
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If you do not the expect the unexpected you will not find it, for it is not to be reached by search or trail. View Quote
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It ever was, and is, and shall be, ever-living fire, in measures being kindled and in measures going out. View Quote
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It is better to hide ignorance, but it is hard to do this when we relax over wine. View Quote
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It is hard to contend against one's heart's desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul. View Quote
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It is harder to fight pleasure than to fight emotion. View Quote
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It is in changing that we find purpose. View Quote
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It is necessary to take what is common as our guide; however, though this logic is universal, the many live as if each individual has his own private wisdom. View Quote
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It is not appropriate to act and speak like men asleep. View Quote
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It is wise to listen, not to me but to the Word, and to confess that all things are one. View Quote
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Justice will overtake fabricators of lies and false witnesses. View Quote
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Life has the name of life, but in reality it is death. View Quote
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Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. View Quote
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Man, like a light in the night, is kindled and put out. View Quote
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Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. View Quote
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Much learning does not teach understanding. View Quote
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Nature is wont to hide herself. View Quote
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No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man. View Quote
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No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger. View Quote
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Nothing endures but change. View Quote
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Opposition brings concord. Out of discord comes the fairest harmony. View Quote
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Our envy always lasts longer than the happiness of those we envy. View Quote
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Out of every one hundred men, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back. View Quote
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People do not know how what is at variance agrees with itself. It is an attunement of opposite tensions, like that of the bow and the lyre. View Quote
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People ought to fight to keep their law as to defend the city's walls. View Quote
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Realize that war is common and justice is strife, and that all things come into being and pass away through strife. View Quote
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Silence, healing. View Quote
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The awake share a common world, but the asleep turn aside into private worlds. View Quote
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The best people renounce all for one goal, the eternal fame of mortals; but most people stuff themselves like cattle. View Quote
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The chain of wedlock is so heavy that it takes two to carry it - and sometimes three. View Quote
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The eyes are more exact witnesses than the ears. View Quote
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The people must fight on behalf of the law as though for the city wall. View Quote
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The road up and the road down is one and the same. View Quote
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The soul is dyed the color of its thoughts. View Quote
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The sun is new each day. View Quote
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The sun is the width of a human foot. View Quote
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The unlike is joined together, and from differences results the most beautiful harmony. View Quote
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The way up and the way down are one and the same. View Quote
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There is nothing permanent except change. View Quote
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Thinking is a sacred disease and sight is deceptive. View Quote
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This universe, which is the same for all, has not been made by any god or man, but it always has been, is, and will be an ever-living fire, kindling itself by regular measures and going out by regular measures. View Quote
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Though wisdom is common, yet the many live as if they had a wisdom of their own. View Quote
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Time is a child playing with droughts. The lordship is to the child. View Quote
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Time is a game played beautifully by children. View Quote
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To do the same thing over and over again is not only boredom: it is to be controlled by rather than to control what you do. View Quote
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To God everything is beautiful, good, and just; humans, however, think some things are unjust and others just. View Quote
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We are most nearly ourselves when we achieve the seriousness of the child at play. View Quote
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