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Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Quotes of Antiquity


Abu Ali Ibn Al Hassan Ibn Al Houssein Ibn Hal Housein Ibn Al Haisan

"The seeker after truth does not put his trust in any old consensu: he questions it, and submits his learning from it to reason and demonstration." -Abu Ali Ibn Al Haisan

Benjamin Johnson
"Helter skelter, hang sorrow, care will kill a cat, up-tails all, and a pox on the hangman." - Every Man In His Humor


"If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs cannot be carried on to success."

John Milton (Author of "Areopagitica" and "Paradise Lost")

"For books are not absolutely dead things, but do contain a potency of life in them to be as active as the soul was whose progeny they are; nay, they do preserve as in a vial the purest efficacy and extraction of that living intellect that bred them."

"[A]s good almost kill a man as kill a good book. Who kills a man kills a reasonable creature, God’s image; but he who destroys a good book, kills reason itself, kills the image of God, as it were in the eye."

Lao Tsu-

"Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small."

"A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step."

"It doesn't matter who gets the credit for it as long as your ideas are being Disseminated."

"Ambition has one heel nailed in well, though she stretch her fingers to touch the heavens."

"A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves."

"A good traveler has no fixed plans, and is not intent on arriving."

"An ant on the move does more than a dozing ox."

"Be the chief but never the lord."

"Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage."

"He who is contented is rich."

"Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

"One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others."

"Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment."
Marcus Tullius Cicero-

"The arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and assistance to foreign hands should be curtailed, lest Rome fall."
 "Hell is paved with good intentions"

Later Paraphrased to "The Road To Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions" sometime after Samuel Johnson quoted Cicero
“A nation can survive its fools, and even the
ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from
within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable,
for he is known and carries his banner openly.
But the traitor moves amongst those within the
gate freely, his sly whispers rustling through
all the alleys, heard in the very halls of
government itself. For the traitor appears not
a traitor; he speaks in accents familiar to his
victims, and he wears their face and their
arguments, he appeals to the baseness that lies
deep in the hearts of all men. He rots the soul
of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in
the night to undermine the pillars of the city,
he infects the body politic so that it can no
longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The
traitor is the plague.”

Sun Tzu (The Art of War)

"Subjugating the enemy's army without fighting is the true pinnacle of excellence"

Thucydides son of Olorus and Hegesipyle –

"The state which separates it’s scholars from it’s warrior will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting by fools"

"The secret of happiness is freedom.  And the secret of freedom is courage."


Quotes Sorted by Age
[Quotes of Antiquity] before 1700

[Quotes of the Founding Age] 1700s to late 1800s

[Quotes of Modernity] from the Birth of Futurism to the new Millenium

[Quotes and Writings Referenced by Dr. Savage] the name says it all


Agelessly Sorted Quotes  
[Aphorisms] Latin and Colloquialisms


[Words To Fear, Ideas To Expose] evil ideas that need light's disinfection


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