15 Bits of Wisdom From Ancient Greek Philosophers

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Ancient Greek philosophers like Aristotle, Socrates, and Plato debated lofty, abstract issues like truth, reality, ethics and eternity. So, what could you possibly have to learn that’s applicable to your modern life from a toga-wearing white dude who’s been dead for 2,300 years? A lot, it turns out.
The Greek philosophers gave Western culture with a hefty dose of timeless knowledge and insight. Here are a few quotes from Aristotle’s writings that are as relevant today as ever:

1. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”

2. “Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet.”

3. “Pleasure in the job puts perfection in the work.”

4. “It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.”

5. “To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.”

6. “There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.”

7. “The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.”

8. “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal.”

9. “Those that know, do. Those that understand, teach.”

10. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

11. “We must no more ask whether the soul and body are one than ask whether the wax and the figure impressed on it are one.”

12. “Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.”

13. “What it lies in our power to do, it lies in our power not to do.”

14. “Whosoever is delighted in solitude is either a wild beast or a god.”

15. “Without friends no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.”