Tag Archives: The Quotable Greek

One Swallow Does Not Make a Summer

22 Aug


“One swallow does not make a summer,
neither does one fine day;
similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.”

~Aristotle in The Nicomachean Ethics

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The Quotable Greek: Think for Yourself

28 Jul

“To find yourself,

think for yourself.”

~ Socrates


“Think for yourself.” Hear that?

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The Quotable Greek: Quick, Bring Me Wine

9 Dec

AristophanesImaginary portrait of Aristophanes from ca. 1896 via Wikipedia

“Quickly, bring me a beaker of wine, so that I may wet my mind and say something clever.”




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The Quotable Greek: One Word Frees Us of … Pain

4 Nov

441px-Sophocles_pushkinCast of the bust of Sophocles from the Farnese Collection via Wikipedia


“One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life:

that word is love.”

– Sophocles

The Quotable Greek: I’ve Never Had the Right Words to Describe My Life

9 Sep

“Emotions, in my experience, aren’t covered by single words. I don’t believe in “sadness,” “joy,” or “regret.” Maybe the best proof that the language is patriarchal is that it oversimplifies feeling. I’d like to have at my disposal complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions like, say, “the happiness that attends disaster.” Or: “the disappointment of sleeping with one’s fantasy.” I’d like to show how “intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members” connects with “the hatred of mirrors that begins in middle age.” I’d like to have a word for “the sadness inspired by failing restaurants” as well as for “the excitement of getting a room with a minibar.” I’ve never had the right words to describe my life, and now that I’ve entered my story, I need them more than ever. ”

~Jeffrey Eugenides

The Quotable Greek: Words Have a Longer Life

5 Aug

Words have a longer life than deeds.

~ Pindar

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The Quotable Greek: All Paid Jobs

29 Jul

All paid jobs absorb and degrade the mind.

~ Aristotle

The Quotable Greek: No Matter How Slow

22 Jul

Never discourage anyone…who continually makes progress,

no matter how slow.

~ Plato

The Quotable Greek: By All Means Marry

15 Jul

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll be happy.

If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

~ Socrates

The Quotable Greek: Gain Their Reputation

29 Apr

“Skillful pilots gain their reputation

from storms and tempest.”

~ Epicurus