Have you ever united with your enemy

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Wisdom of the ancient Greeks
525 BC Chr. Eleusis - 456 BC Chr. Gela Greek poet and creator of Greek tragedy
Sometimes there are several similar quotations below each other. There are different translations of the same original text by different translators.

Old guilt likes to create new guilt.

Weeping for your friend's misery is not difficult. The pain spares one's own heart.
(From Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty, choir leader)

The most shameful of evils I call lying words deception.

The calamity settles down the same number of times. Sometimes with one, sometimes with the other.

Because it is the custom of man to like to push the fallen even deeper.
Because it is human custom to knock over someone who is seen falling.
(Clytaimestra in Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty)

Time has to prove itself to the new neighbor.
(The supplicants, Danaos)

The hatred doubles very easily: you first see your own misfortune and then torment yourself by looking at someone else's happiness.
(From Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty, Agamemnon as choir leader)

Death is preferable, as any fate is better than tyranny.
(Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty)

The voice of the people, truly great is their weight!
(Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty)

The field of iniquity bears death as a harvest reward.
(The seven before Thebes)

The goddess of discord always demands the last word.

The wicked act produces several that are equal to their sex.

The voice of the people is heavy and dangerous when ruled by anger.

The old man searches his way tripod: no stronger than a weak child.
(From Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty, choir)

A tyrant doesn't trust his friends.

A woman, lonely, is nothing!

Successful rags are unbearable.

It is not the oath that makes the man believable, but the man who makes the oath believable.

Arrogance, blossomed, sets the ear of guilt, which soon matures into a tearful harvest.

Take heart: the greatest pain does not last long.

She hears rumors, one, a second, many: all contradict each other.
(Clytaimestra in Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty)

In war the truth is the first victim.
This quote is wrongly ascribed to Aeschylus in many places. Aeschylus has no reference for this quote and is not from him: https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Aeschylus
It is also often inappropriately attributed to US Senator Hiram Johnson, early 20th century. No evidence can be found with him. Rudyard Kipling or others are said to be further false and unproven authors. The first recorded use appears in Philip Snowden's introduction to the 1918 third edition of "Truth and the War," by E. D. Morel. London, July 1916: "Truth, 'it has been said,' is the first casualty of war."
The quote itself is just as wrong as the most cited authors. The truth is not first the victim of war, the truth has already been the victim of lies that are original to the war. Two examples: World War II, the lie about the Polish attack on the German station Gleiwitz; US Gulf War against Iraq, the lie of Iraqi weapons of mass destruction. Likewise the lies that led to the annexation of Crimea by Russia: It was not the inhabitants and citizens of Crimea but Russian soldiers who went on “vacation” in the Crimea without being recognized, enforced them.

No mortal feels satisfied with the pleasure of happiness.

The ripe fruit of the garden is not easy to look after.
(The supplicants)

Very few are able to sincerely grant their best friend great successes.
It is only in rare people that it is innate to honor their happy friend without envy.
Few of them know how to honor their happily returned friend without envy.
(From Agamemnon, the first part of the Oresty, Agamemnon as choir leader)

Man is only forced to wear the slave yoke.
(Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty)

Silence means gain for a large part of humanity.

Such is the way people go: they kick whoever has fallen.

Human suffering is multifaceted, and pain rushes towards it with a new wing.

It is a woman's way to be inflamed all too quickly.

Wisdom comes from suffering.
(Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty)

Even if worry, awakening unhappiness, drives sleep from the heart: In the end, knowledge comes closer to those who resist.
(From Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty, choir)

When you are happy, the others cannot bear you.

Those who cannot arouse envy are also unable to arouse admiration.

He who walks unenvoted is not to be envious.
(Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty)

Against the vain arrogance of people, their own mouth, a true self-accuser, appears.
(The seven before Thebes)

For constant learning, old age also stays young.
Old people are also young enough to learn.
From Agamemnon, first part of the Oresty, choir)
Alkaios of Mytilene
(also Alkäus, Alkäos) around 620 BC BC Mytilene on the island of Lesbos - around 580 BC BC Greek poet

A mirror is man's wine.

In wine is truth.

If you always say what you want, you will soon hear what you did not want.
Alkmaion v. Croton
around 500 BC BC Greek doctor and philosopher from Croton

I am a corpse. Corpse is crap, the crap is earth. But if the earth is a deity, I am not a corpse, but a god.
Anakreon was a Greek lyric poet who is counted in the canon of the nine lyric poets. It was founded around 575/570 BC. Born in the Ionian city of Teos (now Sıgacık in Turkey) and died in 495 BC. In Athens. Before the threatened Persian rule, Anakreon emigrated around 540 BC. BC with the other inhabitants to the Thracian Abdera, when the Persians subjugated his homeland. He then spent most of his life as a respected court poet at the court of the tyrant Polycrates of Samos. Legend has it that he died at the age of 85 after choking on a grape berry. Love, wine and cheerful company were the main themes of his songs. Only three of his poems are complete and some in fragments. Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anakreon

You can enjoy life's lust twice as much in old age, the closer you are to death.

It is bad not to love, but also bad to love.

Drink and have fun. Life is mortal and time on earth is short. Death is immortal when nobody dies anymore.
(also Anaximander) around 610 BC BC Miletus - after 547 BC BC Miletus pre-Socratic Greek natural philosopher

The art of living is not to avoid problems, but to grow with them.
Antiphon from Rhamnus, the orator
around 480 BC BC Rhamnous - around 411 BC Greek orator

The environment in which a person spends most of the day determines his character.

And in what the things arise from, they also perish again, as it is determined.
Antiphon from Athens, the Sophist
5th century BC BC Greek philosopher and sophist, identity with the orator antiphon is controversial

We respect and venerate those who are descended from noble fathers, but we do not respect and venerate those who are not from noble families. Here we behave like barbarians to one another, because by nature we are all created equal in all relationships, barbarians as well as Hellenes.

But there is no such thing as repeating life like a move in a board game.

There are people who do not live their present life, but make preparations with great zeal, as if they were about to live some other life, not the present; and meanwhile time is running out wasted.

In my opinion, one of the most important things in human coexistence is upbringing. If you get right at the beginning of something, the end usually goes right too ...

One becomes necessarily similar in one's manners to what one is with for most of the day.
Antisthenes was born around 445 BC. Born around 365 BC and died around 365 BC He was a Greek philosopher and lived in Athens.

Poverty and wealth do not live in the home, but in the hearts of people.

You have to watch out for your enemies, because no one is more likely to notice our mistakes than they do.

The highest human happiness would be if we could die happily.

The goal of life is freedom from delusion.

War makes more bad people than it pulls away.

I don't own so I don't get possessed.

One should not be grateful to anyone who praises one.
Apelles of Colophon
2nd half of the 4th century BC. Colophon / Lydia Greek painter at the court of Alexander the Great

Not a day without a line. (Nulla dies sine linea.)
Archilochus was founded around 680 BC. Born on the Cycladic island of Paros and died around 645 BC. He is considered the earliest perfectly formed Greek poet and was even equated with Homer. He was the illegitimate son of a man of the Parian aristocratic family and a Thracian slave, and because of his illegitimate birth, he was poor throughout his life. According to tradition, he fell in the war between Paros and Naxos.
Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archilochos

The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.

We don't rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our education.
Archimedes of Syracuse
around 287 BC Probably Syracuse in Sicily - 212 BC BC Syracuse Greek mathematician, physicist and engineer

There are things that seem incredible to most people who haven't studied math.

Give me a lever that's long enough and a pivot that's strong enough so I can move the world with one hand.

Give me (a point) where I can stand and I'll move the earth.

Eureka! - I found it!

Do not disturb my circles.
because of his broad forehead. Called "Plato", 427 Athens - 347 Athens BC Greek philosopher
see → "Plato"
around 445 BC Athens - 385 BC BC Athens Greek poet

But the one who is clever learns a lot from the enemy.
We also often receive good advice from the enemy.
Man can learn wisdom even from an enemy.

Evil events come from evil causes.

Old age is just a second childhood.

Because there is no creature to be found more outrageous than women.

The outcome gives the deeds their titles.
414 BC Chraus the piece "The Birds"

The love for profit rules the whole world.
408 BC From the piece "The Wealth")

You won't find heroes in the dark.

Do you dare to revile the inventive power of wine? What would you find more inspiring in action than wine?

You know how difficult it is for a woman to go to bed without the man ... If she wants the man, there must first be peace.

We cannot teach a cancer to walk straight.

You cannot sell prophecies at home.

Everyone does the art he understands.

Nobody is happy in everything.

Government is not a thing (a thing) for people of character and upbringing.
Government is not for a cultured or honorable man.
424 BC From the play "The Knights"

What earns our admiration for the poet? The talent and moral purpose because he wants to improve people.
405 BC From the play "The Frogs"

Who brought the owl to Athens?
414 BC Chr from the play "The Birds". Origin of the saying: carry owls to Athens.

How beneficial is the company of wise men!

Wherever you feel good, there is your fatherland.

Wherever violence is needed, the desire is not great.
411 BC Chr, from the piece "Lysistrata"

(Aesop, Aisop, Aisopos, Aesopus) around 620-550 BC Greek fable poet

The war is the terror of the mothers.

Appearance is a poor substitute for inner values.

Do not give orders that cannot be carried out or blame others for mistakes that you make yourself.

Little friends can turn out to be big ones.

Sufferings are lessons.

That's the way it is in life; Short joy, a lot of sorrow and yet the joys linger longer in our memories.

When two weak people quarrel, a third, more powerful one often ends the quarrel to his advantage.

When we argue about the shadow, we overlook the essentials.

We all live under the same sky, but we don't all have the same horizon.
Athenaios (Latin Athenaeus Naucratita, rarely Naucratitus)
Athenaios lived at the end of the 2nd / beginning of the 3rd century and was a Greek rhetor and grammarian from Naukratis in Egypt. At first he lived in Alexandria, later in the capital Rome.
Source: http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Athenaios

Your meals are not only pleasing when you enjoy them, but also as often as you think of them.

Bias from Priene

Bias from Priene
Bias of Prielelebte from around * around 590 BC Until around 530 BC He belonged to the Seven Wise Men along with Thales of Miletus, Psittacosis of Mytilene and Solon of Athens. Bias was a Greek politician and diplomat. He succeeded in settling a protracted armed conflict between Priele and Samos or, through a ruse, to end the siege of Priele by the Lydian king Alyattes II. He is also said to have been a judge and lawyer in Priene. He had a reputation for being the "first" to speak of his time. Judgment of the Greek universal historian Diodorus from Agyrion (Sicily, lived in the first half of the 1st century BC) “Bias was extremely capable and the first of his time to speak. But he used his speaking power differently than most; not to earn a wage or because of the income, but out of concern to help those who suffered injustice. ”After his death a sacred grove was consecrated to him like a demigod (hero).
Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bias_von_Priene

I carry everything I own with me.
I carry all of mine with me.
I carry all my possessions with me.
I carry all my belongings with me.
(Omnia mea mecum porto.)
(This quote is also attributed to Simonides and Diogenes.)

Let wisdom serve you as food for the journey from youth to old age, because it is safer than all other possessions.

Arrogance is the barrier to wisdom.

Do not rush into your speeches, because they are evidence of a man possessed.

If you are poor, do not blame a rich man unless you are of great benefit.

The remedy for fear: a clear conscience.

Do not rush your tongue ahead of the thought!

The greatest wealth is not wanting anything.

The avaricious has no wealth, wealth owns him.

The wise man's work is to be able to harm and yet not want to.

Most people are bad.

Most of them are bad.

Most people are no good.

Wisdom is the only inalienable property of man.

A great sickness of the soul is wanting something impossible.

Do not praise an unworthy person for his wealth.

Go slowly to work; but what you started, persevere.

Gain through persuasion, not violence.

Hate speaking quickly lest you make a mistake; because repentance follows quickly.

If you have an undertaking in mind, proceed with caution; What you have chosen, however, remain firm.

Hear a lot. Talk at the moment.

Love the boyfriend as if you had to hate him one day.

Love others, but remember that they can become your enemies because most of them are bad.

Love reason.

Take wisdom from youth to old age as a travel supply; for that is more permanent than the other possessions.

Do not accept misunderstanding.

Speak at the right time.

Beauty suits women, strength suits men.

Be neither good-natured nor malevolent.

Look in the mirror: if you look beautiful, you have to do beautiful too; if ugly, you must make up for lack of nature with righteousness.

Think and then act.

Say of the gods: they are.

What you do good, ascribe to the gods, not you.

Which woman is chaste? Those about whom the scandal fears lying.

If you have violence, show yourself mildly so that you become awestruck instead of fear.
Chilon of Sparta
Chilon of Sparta (also Cheilon of Lacedaemon), was around 555 BC. Spartan ephor and constitutional reformer and was considered one of the seven wise men of ancient Greece. Through his legislative influence he is said to have brought about the emergence of the classic Sparta.
Source: https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chilon_von_Sparta

On the road, don't hurry to overtake others.

Control anger.

Don't talk much while drinking; you will regret it.

If you are wrong, make up for yourself; if you are cheeky, defend yourself.

Do not move your hand while talking; that looks like you're crazy.

One should not say anything bad about the dead, one should honor old age.

Honor the elderly.

Praise the dead happy.

The three most difficult things are: keeping a secret to yourself, forgetting a disappointment, and using leisure wisely.

Recognize yourself!

Don't strive for the impossible.

Obey the law.

Don't give expensive weddings.

Gold is tested by a touchstone and people by gold.

Don't let your tongue run ahead of your mind.

So you don't seem to have a boyfriend if you don't have an enemy.

Do not laugh at an unfortunate person.

Take loss rather than bad gain; because that one hurts once, this one always.

When you are powerful, be gentle so that others will respect you and not fear you.

Go slowly to friends' parties, but quickly to their misfortune.

Go slowly to your friends' feasts, and quickly to disasters.


460 BC Abderba / Thrace - 370 BC Abderba Greek philosopher

Everything that exists in the universe is the fruit of chance and necessity.

Piling up too much money for the children is a pretext for greed.

Even when you are alone, you shouldn't do or say anything bad. Learn to be ashamed of yourself more than others.

Happiness does not reside in one's possession and not in gold, the feeling of happiness is at home in the soul.

Life without celebrations (joy, friends) is (equals) a (r) long journey without an inn (retreat).
A life without celebrations is like a journey without a stop.
A life without joy is like a long journey without an inn.

Forgetting one's own atrocities creates cheek.

Education is an ornament to the fortunate, a refuge to the unfortunate.

The whole world is home to a noble soul.

The stingy are to be compared to the bees; they work as if they would live forever.

The middle of the night is the beginning of the day.

One should tell the truth and not use a lot of words.

Harmony of thought creates friendship.

Understandable is someone who does not grieve about what he does not have, but is happy about what he has.

There are men who exceed the eloquence of female tongues, but no man has the eloquence of female eyes.

More people become capable through practice than through their original disposition.

Eternal hesitation never allows anything to happen.

False and hypocritical are those people who only do everything with words and not with deeds.

Continued effort becomes easier and easier with getting used to.

Not doing wrong is good, but not even wanting to be wrong.

In reality we don't know anything; for the truth lies in the depths.

In reality there are only atoms and emptiness.

Every bath is a physical rebirth.

Any dispute is unreasonable; for because it has in view what is harmful to the enemy, it does not see its own advantage.

Small benefits at the right moment can be very great for the recipient.

Strength and shape are the virtues of youth, but that of old age is the flower of prudence.

You shouldn't be ashamed in front of people any more than you should be in front of yourself.

People who seek to flee death run down his throat.

Courage is at the beginning of action, happiness at the end.

Fame and fortune without mind are uncertain possessions.

Bad to have to obey a lesser one!

Beauty of the body is animal-like when it is mindless.

Strength and beauty are the virtues of youth, but the bloom of old age is prudence.

One has to act virtuously, not speak virtuously.

If you exceed the right measure, the most pleasant can become the most uncomfortable.

What is good and what is true is the same for all people. Of course, this is pleasant for some and that for others.

384 BC Chr. Paiania / Attica - 322 BC On Kalauria (suicide) Greek statesman, politician and speaker

Sources and wells also dry up if you draw from them too often and too much.

Before a solid foundation is laid for the beginning, I consider it vain behavior to say a word about the end.

The starting point for the greatest ventures is often barely noticeable opportunities.

The danger comes from those who want to be to your liking.

Introduced laws need constant revitalization.

It is human nature to like to hear slander and accusation, but to be annoyed when one is praising oneself.

Insignificant opportunities have often become the start of great ventures.
Small opportunities are often the beginning of big ventures.

Every speech appears vain and void as soon as the deed does not emphasize it.

Everyone likes to believe what they want, but things are often different.

Everyone strives for what brings them advantage.

Reminding someone of the favors they have been done is pretty much a reproach.

Not all great things are good, but all good things are great.

Nothing is easier than self-deception, because what a person wants to be true, he also thinks to be true.

It is impossible for us to test the conduct of others with rigor if we do not do our duty first.

We like to believe what we want.

Whoever wants to wage a war rightly does not have to pursue the events, but rather hasten ahead of them.

Those who flee can fight for the second time.
Diogenes Laertios
Late antique ancient Greek history of philosophy around 220 AD wrote a history of Greek philosophy in 10 books.

Friendship is a soul in two bodies.
This quote is often incorrectly attributed to Aristotle. However, it was only created around 500 years ago by Aristotle and is by Diogenes Laertios.