Aphorisms, sayings and quotes    

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
By theme : Evil   Knowledge   Philosophy  

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.
By theme : Wisdom   Philosophy   Psychology  

I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.
By theme : Education   Philosophy  

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
By theme : Philosophy   Wisdom  

The hottest love has the coldest end.
By theme : Love  

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
By theme : Beauty   Philosophy  

From the deepest desires often comes the deadliest hate.
By theme : Hatred  

Be as you wish to seem.
By theme : Behavior   Wisdom  

Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
By theme : War   Philosophy   Wealth  

No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
By theme : Behavior   Psychology  

Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.
By theme : Happiness  

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
By theme : Men   Women  

To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
By theme : Death   Philosophy  

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
By theme : Evil  

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.
By theme : Philosophy   Wisdom  

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity.
By theme : Behavior   Wisdom  

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
By theme : Behavior   Childhood   History   Youth  

Remember, what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.
By theme : Philosophy   Psychology   Wisdom  

The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the gods.
By theme : Philosophy   Wisdom  

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
By theme : Behavior   Life   Society  

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