18 Thought-Provoking Quotes From Antiquity – That Could Have Been Written Today

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It’s incredible to think that the following quotes were written by philosophers from ancient Greece and Rome over two thousand years ago. A time when there were schools dedicated to philosophical thought. And great thinkers would spend long periods of time pondering the meaning of life.

The amazing thing is not only have these quotes endured for over two millennia. But also, how relevant and contemporary they all still are …

1) “A house that has a library in it has a soul.”
– Plato

2) “To find yourself, think for yourself.”
– Socrates

3) “Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”
– Cicero

4) “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
– Seneca


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5) “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
– Socrates

6) “The secret to happiness is freedom… And the secret to freedom is courage.”
– Thucydides

7) “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
– Epictetus

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8) “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination
and life to everything.”
– Plato

9) “Practice is the best of all instructors”
– Publilius Syrus

10) “Beauty of style and harmony and grace and good rhythm depend on simplicity”
– Plato

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11) “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
– Socrates

12) “We learn not in the school, but in life.”
– Seneca

13) “To learn is to be young, however old.”
– Aeschylus

14) “The oldest, shortest words— “yes” and “no”— are those which require the most thought.”
– Pythagoras

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15) “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.”
– Cicero

16) “You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”
– Marcus Aurelius

17) “Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.”
– Theophrastus

18) “Happiness depends upon ourselves.” 
– Aristotle

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