• Acted: 6th Century BC
  • Lived: 570-495 BC
  • School: Pythagorean
  • Main Interests: Ethics, Mathematics, Metaphysics, Politics, Religion
  • Influences: Thales, Anaximander, Anaximenes
  • Location: Crotone

Quotes

One should keep the mind vigilant, for the sleep of the mind is a relative of true death.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Α, 19

Choose to rather be strong of soul than strong of body.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Α, 22

Believe that you don’t possess, that which you don’t have inside your mind.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Α, 23

It’s hard in life to walk multiple paths simultaneously.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Α, 27

Keep in mind that all men consider prudence as the greatest virtue, but few are those who became happy and attained this greatest of goods.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Γ, 60

Never do something vulgar, not with another nor by yourself. Of all people, you should feel more ashamed of yourself.

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Χρυσᾶ Ἔπη, 11

Do the right things, even if by doing them people are going to speak ill of you. For the mob is a bad judge of everything that is righteous.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Μ5, 42

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

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΛΕ, 8

People create their own woes, poor them.

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Χρυσᾶ Ἔπη, 54

No man is free who cannot control himself.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΣΤ, 51

It is worse to be a slave to your passions than to a tyrant.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΣΤ, 47

What ill have I done? What good have I done? What should I have done and I didn’t?

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Χρυσᾶ Ἔπη, 42

Don't try to mask your mistakes with words. Instead, rectify them with an examination.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΓ, 33

I believe moderation to be that which will not make you miserable.

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Χρυσᾶ Ἔπη, 34

When he was asked how someone should behave towards his homeland, when it is ungrateful, he said: "Same as to a mother".

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΛΘ, 25

In the cities first enters merriment, then repletion, then arrogance, and ultimately destruction.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΓ, 79

None can be free who is a slave to, and ruled by, his passions.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΣΤ, 48

No one is truly free, no one is free if he cannot command himself.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΣΤ, 51

A drunkard asked him how he could stop getting drunk, he replied: "By watching a drunkards’ doings".

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΗ, 34

When asked what makes the men resemble gods, he said: "Telling the truth".

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΑ, 25

Consider a great education the one which will enable you to suffer vulgarity.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΘ, 8

Practice moderation over the following: appetite, first, as well as sleep, lust, and anger.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Α, 15

Which anchors are the strongest? Prudence, magnanimity, bravery. No tempest can sway them. That is the law of God, that virtue is the only power and safety, while everything else is just meaningless.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Α, 29

Do not spend on ephemeral things, nor be miserly; the middle ground is best in every case.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΕ, 7

The sacrifices of the unwise fuels the fire while their offerings support the sacrilegious.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Δ, 109

Just like medicine is worthless if it can’t expel diseases from the body, so is philosophy if it doesn’t expel the evil side of the soul.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΠΒ, 6

A just stranger is of greater value not only from a fellow citizen but also from a relative.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Θ, 37

To acquire any worthy thing, first, you must develop self-discipline.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΖ, 8

Great power and wealth is the conquest of self-restraint.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΖ, 12

It’s better to die than soil your soul through lack of self-restraint.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΖ, 27

One cannot steer a horse without reins, nor wealth without wisdom.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ϟΔ, 26

Evil never submits to the divine, therefore it breaks the law.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Β, 23

Be grateful to those who check on you and not to those who flatter you. You should chase them away faster than you do your enemies.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΔ, 18

One should have pity on life and stop wasting it away with sorrows.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΚΔ, 24

You should give everything to your relative and your ruler, besides your freedom.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΓ, 21

It is not as bad to make a mistake, as to not control the one who makes the mistake.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΙΓ, 34

Be silent or let your words be worth more than silence.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΛΔ, 7

It is preferable for your companions to feel ashamed of you, rather than to be afraid of you. Respect is close to shame, while hate is close to fear.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΜΗ, 20

He who wrongs receives more harm than he who has his body lashed because he is tormented by his conscience.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΚΔ, 8

Prudence is the light of a soul without vices.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Ε, 42

Those who don’t punish the evil, are willing to act unjustly towards the good.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Μ, 112

One must not neglect physical health but must eat, drink and exercise in moderation.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΑ, 1

Honor your parents as well as your close relatives.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΟΘ, 11

Of the toils of mortals, that the fates decide, what you are given you should carry without resentment.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΡΗ, 27

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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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: ΚΘ, 99

Wisdom is the power, the walls and the weapon of the wise man.

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Ιωάννου Στοβαίου Ανθολόγιον: Γ, 24