25 Profound Greek Philosopher Quotes You’ll Want To Hear

Ancient Greece is famous for many things, from architecture and democracy to epic heroes and battles that historically remain some of the most dramatic and intense. However, many scholars argue that the greatest cultural legacy of ancient Greek civilization is its freethinkers and the resulting philosophical thought. Pretty much everyone knows the “holy trinity” of ancient Greek philosophy: Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. Each of these great men made a variety of striking statements that have been passed down through history, the most famous being Socrates’s “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing,” perfectly reflecting the spirit of the age’s constant quest for knowledge and observation of existence and its essence.

Still, some of you might be wondering how it all started. The first man to come up with the word philosophy and who defined himself as a philosopher was the legendary mathematician and polymath Pythagoras. Many great thinkers followed after him, and it’s worth mentioning that many contemporary historians and scholars believe he wasn’t the first Greek philosopher but rather the first to define the term philosophy. To get an idea of what a strong, lasting impact ancient Greek philosophy has had on the world, here are 25 Profound Greek Philosopher Quotes You’ll Want To Hear that will definitely open your mind.

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Excess of grief for the dead is madness, for it is an injury to the living, and the dead know it not. --Xenophon

XenophonSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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No human being will ever know the Truth, for even if they happen to say it by chance, they would not even know they had done so. —Xenophanes

XenophanesSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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It is frequently a misfortune to have very brilliant men in charge of affairs. They expect too much of ordinary men. —Thucydides

ThucydidesSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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The most difficult thing in life is to know yourself. - Thales

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21

Man is the measure of all things. —Protagoras

ProtagorasSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations, and benefits. —Plutarch

PlutarchSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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Man: a being in search of meaning. —Plato

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Wait for the wisest of all counselors to judge you . . . time. —Pericles

Pericles Source: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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Life is an unfoldment, and the further we travel the more truth we can comprehend. To understand the things that are at our door is the best preparation for understanding those that lie beyond. —Hypatia

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Whatever comes from God is impossible for a man to turn back. —Herodotus

HerodotusSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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Death does not concern us because as long as we exist, death is not here. And when it does come, we no longer exist. —Epicurus

EpicurusSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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The nature of God is a circle of which the center is everywhere and the circumference is nowhere. —Empedocles

EmpedoclesSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises. —Demosthenes

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No evil is honorable, but death is honorable; therefore death is not evil. —Zeno of Citium

Zeno of CitiumSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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Anybody can become angry—that is easy, but to be angry with the right person, and to the right degree, and at the right time, and for the right purpose, and in the right way—that is not within everybody’s power and is not easy. —Aristotle

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The most useful piece of learning for the uses of life is to unlearn what is untrue. —Antisthenes

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Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is just opinion. —Democritus

DemocritusSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. —Alexander the Great

Alexander the GreatSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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He has the most who is most content with the least. —Diogenes

DiogenesSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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By all means, get married: if you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher. —Socrates

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Good people do not need laws to tell them to act responsibly, while bad people will find a way around the laws. —Plato

PlatoSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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Let no man be called happy before his death. Till then, he is not happy, only lucky. —Solon

SolonSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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You don’t develop courage by being happy in your relationships every day. You develop it by surviving difficult times and challenging adversity. —Epicurus

EpicurusSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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There is nothing permanent except change. —Heraclitus

HeraclitusSource: Famous Greek quotes list - Greeka.com, Image: Wikipedia
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Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. —Theophrastus

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