10 amazing quotes from ancient Greek philosophers

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10 Amazing Quotes from Greek Philosophers

Quotes so ageless they will never expire


You are about to learn something new.

1. To learn — μαθαίνω

Type in google the type of the doctor you visited most recently. I won’t put my money on that, but chances are it was “something — logist”.

Click on the Wikipedia link that undoubtedly showed up on top of the page, and read the description of what the doctor does.


I know, you probably won’t do that, and even if you do, this time I can put my money on the stake — you will skip the etymology part.

But I promised I’ll teach you something new and I’ll deliver!

The word “gynaecology” comes from the Greek γυνή (gyne), “woman”, and -λογία (-logia), “study”.

I’ll leave you with that, you will draw your own conclusions.


I know that article on famous quotes should be nothing but a list with the brief introduction, but I wanted to leave you with bit more insights. But most importantly, I wanted to let you know that Greece is something more than spectacular landscapes of picturesque Santorini Island.

Santorini Island

Santorini - probably one of the most incredible places on Earth

Greece is a cradle of western civilization, of democracy (Greek again: δημοκρατία, Dēmoskrátos literally “rule of the people”), of art, of beautiful mythology, of Olympic games, of fantastic history one can feel in every corner of that country, of spectacular cuisine and many, many ideas, inventions and concepts today we take for granted.

All that happened, because Greece is too a place of birth of one of the greatest mathematicians, scientists and philosophers of all time. Pure rockstars, whose mathematical laws are an absolute foundations, and whose thoughts we’re quoting today as if they have no expiration date.

Just like all human do, they had some setbacks (that weren’t considered setbacks back then, based on the knowledge available at that time). Anaximander, for once, thought that “The Earth is cylindrical, three times as wide as it is deep, and only the upper part is inhabited. But this Earth is isolated in space, and the sky is a complete sphere in the center of which is located, unsupported, our cylinder, the Earth, situated at an equal distance from all the points of the sky.”

(And that’s why he’s not on my list!!)*

10. Amazing Quotes

(Well spotted, there was no chapter 2 - 9, but I though it'll be more clever this way - assuming any of you paid enough attention)

Here it is - the list of not so famous, yet still amazing quotes of ancient Greek Philosophers. And there's no better quote to start this list than the following:

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I wanted to finish up with that quote from Socrates for a reason.

Few months ago I wrote a blog post on failure, to be precise - on how it cannot happen. I didn’t know that quote while writing it, but I feel really flattered that I came to the same conclusion as one of the greatest minds in the history.

This isn’t about bragging. This is about You. About you growing, learning, trying, trying, trying until you achieve the goal you set. You already learned something new about Greece and how Greek language influenced yours, regardless where you’re coming from. Now take a look at the quotes again, and learn from them as much as you can — there’s incredible value in those simple, short sentences, and you’re lucky that you have been exposed to them. And then, share your luck!


* That’s not true really, simply I couldn’t find many quotes by Anaximander that were interesting or profound enough.


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