There may be thousands of years between us and the ancient Greeks, yet life’s lessons remain the same. People today still depend on the wisdom from ancient Greek proverbs.
From Aristotle to Archimedes, the ancient Greek’s voices echo through time with valuable advice.
I have gone through some of the most powerful proverbs from ancient Greek philosophers and scholars, and found these proverbs (incredible words of wisdom) to be the most profound.
Read on for captivating, moving quotes that you can apply to your life:
Give me leverage and I will move the Earth -Archimedes
First, A quote from Archimedes: one of ancient Greece’s leading scientists and mathematicians.
Archimedes is considered one of the greatest mathematicians of all time. As he said, with the proper leverage, you can reach incredible heights. If you can utilize the right advantages and set your mind to it, you can achieve anything.
When in ape’s company, one must play the ape – Apollodorus
This phrase is from Apollodorus: a Greek renowned scholar and historian. Apollodorus is reminding us that it’s wise to relate at a level of the person you are with. Do not act above or below anyone, speak to people at their level for the utmost respect and comfort. (One of my favorite ancient Greek proverbs!)
A rolling stone gathers no moss. – Anonymous
Out of all of these ancient Greek proverbs, this is one of my favorite to model my life after. These unknown wise Greek words hold very true today. Keep going and do not stop. If you keep on going, you will not gather moss… in other words, if you’re not moving forward, you’re going backwards! You’re never stagnant.
In great attempts, even to fail is glorious – Anonymous
Another anonymous Greek reminds us there is no failure in trying your best and giving this life your all. Even in your greatest embarrassment, you’re epic failure, or even you greatest scars… if you gave it your best try, you are victorious.
Time is a doctor who heals all griefs” – Diphilus
Diphilus was a Greek poet and playwright who’s words still ring clear: if you are hurting now, just remember it will pass. Time is a healer of all sadness.
It was true thousands of years ago and is equally true today.
Nature creates nothing without a purpose – Aristotle
Aristotle was the “Founder of Western Philosophy”. He was one of the wisest Greek philosophers, as well as a scientist and teacher to Alexander The Great.
Always remember “nature creates nothing without a purpose” when you feel lost and unsure. It is the perfect reminder that you are not on this Earth for no reason. You were brought here for a purpose and all you need to do is follow your intuition and discover your path. We are all significant contributors to this world.
Man is the measure of the universe. – Protagoras
Protagoras was an ancient Greek philosopher. Our perception of the universe is what defines it. Remember this, and you will know that everything can change in your life if you only change your perspective.
Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn – Anonymous
If it seems like it is hard to learn new things and embark on new careers, it is because it takes a lot of study, practice and focus to build new knowledge and skills.
Think about a brain surgeon, it takes years of study, practice and focus to get to a point where you are able to perform the surgery, show successful recoveries, and get paid for doing so.
If you want to learn something worthwhile, enjoy the process and remember that everything worth knowing takes time to learn.
Life is short, art is long – Hippocrates
Since life is short, (although you can read about how science has proved reincarnation exists… so depending on who you ask…) live your life in “creation” mode, because art lasts and creations last. Build your legacy on what you will leave behind.
Action achieves more than words – Euripides
If you are serious about achievement, and care more about actually realizing your goals than just trying to prove yourself to others, stop talking and begin doing.
Proverbs are simple, yet they hold powerful messages.
Let’s recap the top 10 proverbs for you to reference whenever you need guidance and wisdom from the ancient Greeks:
- Give me leverage and I will move the Earth -Archimedes
- When in ape’s company, one must play the ape – Apollodorus
- A rolling stone gathers no moss. – Anonymous
- In great attempts, even to fail is glorious – Anonymous
- Time is a doctor who heals all griefs” – Diphilus
- Nature creates nothing without a purpose – Aristotle
- Man is the measure of the universe. – Protagoras
- Whatever is good to know is difficult to learn – Anonymous
- Life is short, art is long – Hippocrates
- Action achieves more than words – Euripides
My favorite of the ten ancient Greek proverbs, is the one spoken by the mysterious Greek, “In great attempts, even to fail is glorious.”
Try your best at everything that you do. Give this life your all, and you will always be a winner. 🙂
Comment below your favorite of the 10 ancient Greek proverbs, and if you have any other powerful proverbs to add in, do share!
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