Quotes from Ancient Times
What the rich and famous and wise said
Thoughtful and attentive words to contenplate learn from
Note: Throughout history the rich, famous and wise have said things that have been recorded in the form of quotes. It is the study of these quotes that give insight into life.
Origen c.185-c.254, Egyptian Christian Biblical Scholar, Theologian
Conscience is the chamber of justice.
Ovid BC 43-18 AD, Roman Poet
A short absence is the safest.
I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.
Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.
Fortune and love favor the brave.
The burden which is well borne becomes light.
How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.
Let your hook always be cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be a fish.
Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward.
Love is full of anxious fears.
There is no such thing as pure pleasure; some anxiety always goes with it.
People are slow to believe that, which if believed would work them harm.
We are slow to believe that which if believed would hurt our feelings.
Neglect of appearance becomes men.
The time will come when it will disgust you to look in the mirror.
When disposition wins us, the features please.
It is a kingly act to assist the fallen.
The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.
Let love give way to business; give attention to business and you will be safe.
All things change, nothing is extinguished. There is nothing in the whole world which is permanent. Everything flows onward; all things are brought into being with a changing nature; the ages themselves glide by in constant movement.
To give requires good sense.
A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace.
People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude.
Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit.
An evil life is a kind of death.
We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.
Time is generally the best doctor.
In an easy matter. Anybody can be eloquent.
The spirited horse, which will try to win the race of its own accord, will run even faster if encouraged.
Bear patiently with a rival.
Envy aims very high.
Envy feeds on the living, after death it rests, then the honor of a man protects him.
I am above being injured by fortune, though she steals away much, more will remain with me. The blessing I now enjoy transcend fear.
Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.
The love of glory gives an immense stimulus.
Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.
As the yellow gold is tried in fire, so the faith of friendship must be seen in adversity.
Gifts, believe me, captivate both men and Gods, Jupiter himself was won over and appeased by gifts.
Forbear to lay the guilt of a few on the many.
Habits change into character.
Like fragile ice anger passes away in time.
Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.
Why should I go into details, we have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endows us with.
A man is sorry to be honest for nothing.
It is annoying to be honest to no purpose.
My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.
Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.
This also -- that I live, I consider a gift of God.
A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.
In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.
If any person wish to be idle, let them fall in love.
There is something in omens.
If you wish to marry suitably, marry your equal.
Quarrels are the dowry which married folk bring one another.
That you may please others you must be forgetful of yourself.
It is no less a feat to keep what you have, than to increase it. In one there is chance, the other will be a work of art.
Keep a mid course between two extremes.
You will go most safely in the middle.
Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships, the poor man everywhere lies low.
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind, and has given up worrying once and for all.
Always have your hook baited, in the pool you least think, there will be a fish.
The good of other times let people state; I think it lucky I was born so late.
Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by.
Everyone's a millionaire where promises are concerned.
Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.
Make the workmanship surpass the materials.
What is now reason was formerly impulse or instinct.
What is without periods of rest will not endure.
Daring is not safe against daring men.
Happy are those who dare courageously to defend what they love.
Majesty and love do not consort well together, nor do they dwell in the same place.
All things human hang by a slender thread; and that which seemed to stand strong suddenly falls and sinks in ruins.
Skill makes love unending.
'Tis best to be silent in a bad cause.
Had I not sinned what would there be for you to pardon. My fate has given you the opportunity for mercy.
Well has he lived who has lived well in obscurity.
Bear and endure: This sorrow will one day prove to be for your good.
Remove the temptation of idleness and cupids bow is useless.
Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.
Nothing is swifter than our years.
Time glides away and as we get older through the noiseless years; the days flee and are restrained by no reign.
Time is the devourer of all things.
Although they posses enough, and more than enough still they yearn for more.
The will is commendable though the ability may be wanting.
Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.
Habits change into character.