50+ Best Greek Philosopher Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational Greek philosopher quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

Famous Greek Philosopher Quotes

Fate is the endless chain of causation, whereby things are; the reason or formula by which the world goes on. — Citium Zeno

Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies. — Aristotle

Much learning does not teach understanding. — Heraclitus

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. — Socrates

No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to persevere to the end in their nature and education. — Plato

No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man. — Heraclitus

People are like dirt. They can either nourish you and help you grow as a person or they can stunt your growth and make you wilt and die. — Plato

The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. — Diogenes

There are two things a person should never be angry at, what they can help, and what they cannot. — Plato

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. — Socrates

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

Difficulties are things that show a person what they are. — Epictetus (see more Epictetus quotes)

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. — Socrates

The ultimate value of life depends upon awareness and the power of contemplation rather than upon mere survival. — Aristotle

Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul. — Democritus

The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best. — Epictetus

Men who wish to know about the world must learn about it in its particular details. — Heraclitus

Throw moderation to the winds, and the greatest pleasures bring the greatest pains. — Democritus

He has the most who is most content with the least. — Diogenes

There was never a genius without a tincture of madness. — Aristotle

Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence. — Democritus

Moral habits, induced by public practices, are far quicker in making their way into men’s private lives, than the failings and faults of individuals are in infecting the city at large. — Plutarch

Skillful pilots gain their reputation from storms and tempest. — Epicurus

No one that encounters prosperity does not also encounter danger. — Heraclitus

All the earth is mine, and I have a right to go all over it and through it. — Apollonius of Tyana

Everything existing in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity. — Democritus

When you are offended at any man’s fault, turn to yourself and study your own failings. Then you will forget your anger. — Epictetus

If I had followed the multitude, I should not have studied philosophy. — Chrysippus

For a man to conquer himself is the first and noblest of all victories. — Plato

You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor. — Aristotle

Courage is the first of human qualities because it is the quality which guarantees the others. — Churchill

It is hard to contend against one’s heart’s desire; for whatever it wishes to have it buys at the cost of soul. — Heraclitus

Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong. — Democritus

It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters. — Epictetus

Good character is not formed in a week or a month. It is created little by little, day by day. Protracted and patient effort is needed to develop good character. — Heraclitus

Knowledge without justice ought to be called cunning rather than wisdom. — Plato

It is a true man’s part not to err, but it is also noble of a man to perceive his error. — Apollonius of Tyana

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet. — Plato

Even when laws have been written down, they ought not always to remain unaltered. — Aristotle

We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit. — Aristotle

Control thy passions lest they take vengence on thee. — Epictetus

I don’t need a friend who changes when I change and who nods when I nod; my shadow does that much better. — Plutarch

Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves nor their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others. — Plato

Moral excellence comes about as a result of habit. We become just by doing just acts, temperate by doing temperate acts, brave by doing brave acts. — Aristotle

Medicine to produce health must examine disease; and music, to create harmony must investigate discord. — Plutarch

Riches do not exhilarate us so much with their possession as they torment us with their loss. — Epicurus

If thou suffer injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it. — Democritus

The energy of the mind is the essence of life. — Aristotle

I count him braver who overcomes his desires than him who conquers his enemies; for the hardest victory is over self. — Aristotle

Misfortune shows those who are not really friends. — Aristotle

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