Quotes from the Great Greek Philosophers
“Everything flows, and nothing abides, everything gives away, and nothing stays fixed.”
In short, change is inevitable. It is always worth remembering that change will always arrive eventually, humans are by nature habitual creates and as such many of us struggle to come to terms with things as they shift. Heraclitus’s quote is a great reminder that no matter how much we will it things will never cease to differ, it’s made all the more poignant by the fact that it is over 2000 years old. By embracing change, we can actually live far more comfortably and ready ourselves for whatever may be around the corner.
“What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.”
Here we have a very astute piece of wisdom from the once ruler of Athens, Pericles. It tells us that though it may seem like the way to be remembered is through statues, buildings or other material things the real way to build a legacy is through the impression you make on other people. Take Socrates for example, he did not record any of his work or have any epitaphs built of himself in his time, however through teaching he was remembered by Plato and as such went on to be known as one of the most influential Greek philosophers in history.
“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”
Speaking of Socrates, here we have a somewhat puzzling quote that you’ve probably seen printed on a t-shirt or two. When you first read it, it may just seem like a pithy quote meant in jest but there is actually a lot of wisdom in his words. To think that you completely know about anything would stop you from asking about things, from learning more. We may see situations we feel we know but the tiniest details can change a story. It essentially means that the hunt for knowledge should never end, there is always more to learn about any given subject.
“Know how to listen and you will profit even from those who talk badly.”
All too often we speak and speak without ever listening to what others have to say, it’s possibly one of the most common bad habits going. Plutarch teaches us that by listening we can easily better our circumstances, our lives and ourselves by learning from the wisdom of others. We can learn from anybody, often the best insight is gathered from those who have experienced more in their lives and if we choose not to listen it’s likely we’re missing out on solutions to many of lives problems without even knowing it. It refers to those who talk badly, even by listening to these people we can learn how not to be or act too, there is no end to the benefits of opening your ears.