Alexander the Great Quotes

  • A tomb now suffices him for whom the whole world was not sufficient.
  • Heaven cannot brook two suns, nor earth two masters.
  • How great are the dangers I face to win a good name in Athens.
  • I am dying from the treatment of too many physicians.
  • I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
  • I am not afraid of an army of lions led by a sheep; I am afraid of an army of sheep led by a lion.
  • I had rather excel others in the knowledge of what is excellent, than in the extent of my power and dominion.
  • Remember upon the conduct of each depends the fate of all.
  • There is nothing impossible to him who will try.
- Alexander the Great Quotes
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Marcus Aurelius Quotes

  • * The universe is change; our life is what our thoughts make it.
  • * If mind is common to us, then also the reason, whereby we are reasoning beings, is common. If this be so, then also the reason which enjoins what is to be done or left undone is common. If this be so, law also is common; if this be so, we are citizens; if this be so, we are partakers in one constitution; if this be so, the Universe is a kind of Commonwealth.
  • * Whatever happens at all happens as it should; you will find this true, if you watch narrowly.
  • * Death hangs over thee: whilst yet thou livest, whilst thou mayest, be good.
  • * How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.
  • * Whatever is in any way beautiful hath its source of beauty in itself, and is complete in itself; praise forms no part of it. So it is none the worse nor the better for being praised.
  • * All that is harmony for you, my Universe, is in harmony with me as well. Nothing that comes at the right time for you is too early or too late for me. Everything is fruit to me that your seasons bring, Nature. All things come of you, have their being in you, and return to you.
  • * "Let your occupations be few," says the sage, "if you would lead a tranquil life."
  • * Remember this— that there is a proper dignity and proportion to be observed in the performance of every act of life.
  • * All is ephemeral - fame and the famous as well.
  • Search men's governing principles, and consider the wise, what they shun and what they cleave to.
  • * Search men's governing principles, and consider the wise, what they shun and what they cleave to.
  • * Constantly regard the universe as one living being, having one substance and one soul; and observe how all things have reference to one perception, the perception of this one living being; and how all things act with one movement; and how all things are the cooperating causes of all things which exist; observe too the continuous spinning of the thread and the contexture of the web.
  • * Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away.
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Great Personalities

These are some of the people who have inspired us with great courage and moral strength. Inspiring personalities have various characteristics of humility, wisdom and vision to see beyond the current situation.

Inspiring personalities

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Beethoven Quotes

Beethoven Biography

There ought to be but one large art warehouse in the world, to which the artist could carry his art-works, and from which he could carry away whatever he needed. As it is, one must be half a tradesman.
o Conversations (January 1801)

Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?
o Letter to Bettina von Arnim (1810-08-11)

The world is a king, and like a king, desires flattery in return for favor; but true art is selfish and perverse — it will not submit to the mold of flattery.
o Conversations (March 1879)

Plaudite, amici, comedia finita est. (Applaud, my friends, the comedy is over.)
o Said on his deathbed, 1827

Ich werde im Himmel hören! (I will hear in heaven!)
o Said on his deathbed, 1827, as cited from the book Last Words.

The day-to-day exhausted me!
o to Karl von Baden, August 23, 1823

Muss es sein? Es muss sein.
o Must it be? It must be.
o Epigraph to string quartet in F Major, Opus 135.

* Anyone who tells a lie has not a pure heart, and cannot make a good soup.

* Beethoven can write music, thank God, but he can do nothing else on earth.

* Do you think I worry about your lousy fiddle when the spirit moves me?
o In response to a complaint about one of his string quartets

* I can't think about your miserable violin when I am speaking to my God!
o Reply to a violinist

* Music is........ a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy.

* Music is the mediator between the spiritual and the sensual life.

* Music should strike fire from the heart of man, and bring tears from the eyes of woman.

* Never shall I forget the time I spent with you. Please continue to be my friend, as you will always find me yours.

From: Wikiquote - Beethoven
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Galileo Quotes

See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary.

All truths are easy to understand once they are discovered; the point is to discover them.

I never met a man so unknowledgeable, I could not learn something from him.

Names and attributes must be accommodated to the essence of things, and not the essence to the names, since things come first and names afterwards.

Philosophy is written in this grand book— I mean the universe— which stands continually open to our gaze, but it cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language in which it is written. It is written in the language of mathematics, and its characters are triangles, circles, and other geometric figures, without which it is humanly impossible to understand a single word of it; without these, one is wandering about in a dark labyrinth (1623)

The great book of nature is written in mathematical symbols.

The Bible tells us how to go to the heavens, not how the heavens go.

What has philosophy got to do with measuring anything?

You cannot teach a man anything, you can only help him to find it for himself.

Biography Galileo
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Confucius Quotes

Confucius Biography.

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of ones ignorance.

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools

Silence is a true friend who never betrays

It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.

Everything has beauty but not everyone sees it.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
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Quotes by Aristotle

A flatterer is a friend who is your inferior, or pretends to be so.

A friend is a second self.

All virtue is summed up in dealing justly.

Dignity consists not in possessing honors, but in the consciousness that we deserve them.

Education is the best provision for the journey to old age.

Happiness depends upon ourselves.

Humor is the only test of gravity, and gravity of humor; for a subject which will not bear raillery is suspicious, and a jest which will not bear serious examination is false wit.

Man perfected by society is the best of all animals; he is the most terrible of all when he lives without law, and without justice.

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting a particular way... you become just by performing just actions, temperate by performing temperate actions, brave by performing brave actions.

One swallow does not make a summer, neither does one fine day; similarly one day or brief time of happiness does not make a person entirely happy.

The gods too are fond of a joke.

The moral virtues, then, are produced in us neither by nature nor against nature. Nature, indeed, prepares in us the ground for their reception, but their complete formation is the product of habit.

To give a satisfactory decision as to the truth it is necessary to be rather an arbitrator than a party to the dispute.

- Aristotle Biography
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Funny Cheating Exam

Two students slept in for an exam. Because the exam was important they gave an excuse to their professor that they had a flat tire on the way to the exam.

“No problem.” said the Professor, “Come by my office at 5 P.M. and I’ll give you the exam then.”

Feeling pretty clever, the students spent the intervening time getting information on the exam from students who had already taken it, and making sure they knew how to do the problems.

Coming to the professor’s office that evening, they were told, “Leave your books in my office, and I’ll put you in two separate rooms for the exam.”

They were both ecstatic to see that the Professor had given them the exact same exam taken by the class that morning. However, there was an additional page tacked on the end, upon which was written, “For 50% of the grade, which tire was flat?”

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