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Inspiration from The Past (Part II).

April 30, 2018

On Happiness:

  • Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence. (Aristotle)
  • Happiness depends upon ourselves. (Aristotle)
  • The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage.  (Thucydides)
  • There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will. (Epictetus)
  • Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not, remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for. (Epicurus)

On Leadership:

  • Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head. (Euripides)
  • He that always gives way to others will end up having no principles of his own. (Aesop)
  • What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others. (Pericles)

On Peak Performance:

  • Well begun is half done. (Aristotle)
  • First, have a definite, clear, practical idea; a goal, an objective. Second have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials and methods.  Third adjust all your means to that end.  (Aristotle)
  • The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory in surmounting it. (Epicurus)
  • You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour.  (Aristotle)
  • Success is dependent on effort. (Sophocles)
  • To find fault is easy, to do better may be difficult. (Plutarch)

On Listening:

  • Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech. (Plutarch)
  • Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools because they have to say something.  (Plato)

On Life:

  • An honest man is always a child. (Socrates)
  • Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend. (Theophrastus)
  • Our sins are more easily remembered than our good deeds. (Democritus)
  • Raising children is an uncertain thing, success is reached only after a lifetime of battle and worry. (Democritus)
  • All religions must be tolerated for every man must get to heaven in his own way. (Epictetus)
  • One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors. (Plato)
  • Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings. (Diogenes)



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