5 ANCIENT PHILOSOPHERS WHO SHARED MODERN DAY WISDOM


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I enjoy collecting quotes and try to memorise at least 5 new quotes each day. I’m toying with the idea of writing a book of some favourites I’ve found over the years, incorporating some of my own.

HERACLITUS

(535-475 BCE)
“Day by day, what you choose, what you think and what you do is who you become.”
“Everything flows and nothing abides, everything gives way and nothing stays fixed.”
“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”

PERICLES

(circa 495-429 BCE)
“Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you.”
“Time is the wisest counselor of all.”
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”

PLATO

(circa 428—348 BCE)
“The greatest wealth is to live content with little.”
“Courage is knowing what not to fear.”
“Necessity is the mother of invention.”
“Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil.”

SENECA

(circa 4 BCE—65 AD)
“The greatest wealth is a poverty of desires.”
“One of the most beautiful qualities of true friendship is to understand and to be understood.”
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.
“A gift consists not of what is done or given, but in the intention of the giver or doer.”
“True happiness is… to enjoy the present without anxious dependence on the future.”
“Count each day as a separate life”.

EPICTETUS

(circa 55—135 AD)
“He is a wise man who does not grieve for the things which he has not, but rejoices for those which he has.”
“Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.”
“Make the best use of what’s in your power and take the rest as it happens.”

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