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Choose always the way that seems the best, however rough it may be, habit will soon render it easy and agreeable.

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PYTHAGORAS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΚΘ, 99

Avoid doing what you would blame others for doing.

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THALES

Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Α, 36

Plenty of times wrath exposes a man’s mind far worse than madness would.

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EUENUS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Κ, 2

More men have become great through study and practice than by nature.

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DEMOCRITUS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΚΘ, 66

Regarding political matters, one should have the same stance as with fire. Not too close, so he doesn’t get burned, not too far, so he doesn’t freeze to death.

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ANTISTHENES

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΕ, 28

When he saw that the gates of Myndos were large but the city small, he said: "Close the gates so that the city doesn't run away".

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DIOGENES

Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: ΣΤ, 57

Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.

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ARISTOTLE

Πολιτικά, 1253a

Gods gave us all the goods in the world, but in return require labor as payment.

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EPICHARMUS OF KOS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΚΘ, 8

Fear is so harmful that many are already suffering from evil before it arrives.

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DIOGENES

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Η, 15

The desires that do not bring pain or sorrow if they are not satisfied are not necessary.

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EPICURUS

Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Ι, 148

Men pray to the gods to grant them health, without knowing that this ability lies within them. Through lack of control, they themselves betray their health with their desires.

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DEMOCRITUS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΗ, 31

When asked why he doesn’t get involved in politics, he replied: "If I practice politics unethically, I will be unpleasant to the gods, and if I do it righteously, I will be unpleasant to the citizens".

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CHRYSIPPUS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΕ, 29

He advised king Ptolemeus to acquire and study books concerning reign and power, because everything that friends lack the courage to advise their kings, is written in the books.

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DEMETRIUS PHALEREUS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΗ, 27

You should not examine where your friends come from, but their personality. When you need archers you don’t ask for their ancestry but only for their accuracy.

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BION OF BORYSTHENES

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Π, 13

Since things don’t turn out as we expect, we should accept them as they are.

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ARISTOTLE

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Γ, 53

Do not say a little in many words but a great deal in a few.

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PYTHAGORAS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΛΕ, 8

Wisdom concerning goods is practiced in four ways. The effort of acquiring them, of maintaining them, of growing them, and of using them properly.

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PLUTARCH

Ἠθικά, 103a

Virtue is a weapon that cannot be taken away from his owner.

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ANTISTHENES

Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: ΣΤ, 2

It is vulgar the fact that you sweeten your gullet with the gifts of the bees, while you turn speech, the gift of the gods, bitter with hate.

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EPICTETUS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Ε, 98

Life is short for the happy man, but long for the unhappy one.

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APOLLONIUS OF TYANA

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΚΑ, 34

If you want to make a man rich, do not give him money but take away from his desires.

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EPICURUS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΖ, 24

I spit upon luxurious pleasures not for their own sake, but because of the inconveniences that follow them.

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EPICURUS

Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΖ, 34

Someone mentioned that he always saw philosophers at rich men's doors. He replied, "So, too, doctors are in attendance on those who are ill, but no one would prefer being ill to being a doctor."

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ARISTIPPUS

Βίοι καὶ γνῶμαι τῶν ἐν φιλοσοφίᾳ εὐδοκιμησάντων, Διογένης Λαέρτιος: Β, 70

Struggle demands two virtues. Courage and wisdom. Endurance of danger belongs to courage and the correct way of using knowledge belongs to wisdom.

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GORGIAS

The Fragments of the Pre-Socratics, Hermann Diels: DK 76B8