We are all aware that many of the great quotations of life were either said by a Greek or are about a Greek.
So I have decided to list some of the most famous ones – some you may recognise, but did you know it was a Greek who spoke them?
- My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher – Socrates
- Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head – Euripides
- Well begun is half done – Aristotle
- Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something – Plato
- If you live with a cripple, you will learn to limp – Plutarch
- Love is a serious mental disease – Plato
- If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself you should say: “He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned” – Aristotle
- Because only we (the Greeks), contrary to the Barbarians, never count the enemy in battle – Aeschylus
- Until now we used to say that the Greeks fight like heroes. Now we shall say: The heroes fight like Greeks – apparently said by Winston Churchill from a speech he delivered from the BBC in the first days of the Greco-Italian war
All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine – Socrates