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Inspirational Mencius Quotes

Mencius quotes
Mencius quotes

Mencius was a Chinese philosopher who is the most famous Confucian philosopher after Confucius himself. This post features some inspirational Mencius quotes. He was an itinerant Chinese philosopher and sage, and one of the principal interpreters of Confucianism. Supposedly, he was a pupil of Confucius’ grandson, Zisi. Like Confucius, according to legend, he traveled throughout China for forty years to offer advice to rulers for reform.

Mencius’s disciples included a large number of feudal lords, and he was actually more influential than Confucius had been. Mencius believed in the power of Destiny in shaping the roles of human beings in society. What is destined cannot be contrived by the human intellect or foreseen. Destiny is shown when a path arises that is both unforeseen and constructive

Mencius Quotes

“He who exerts his mind to the utmost knows his nature.”
― Mencius

“Friendship is one mind in two bodies.”
― Mencius

“The way of learning is none other than finding the lost mind.”
― Mencius

“Only when there are things a man will not do is he capable of doing great things.”
Mencius

“The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.”
― Mencius quotes

“If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.”
― Mencius

“With melted snow I boil fragrant tea.”
― Mencius

“Filling with food,
Warming with clothes,
Living leisurely without learning,
It is little short of animals.”
― Mencius

“Treat others as you would be treated. Devote yourself to that, for there’s no more direct approach to Humanity.”
― Mencius

“They who accord with Heaven are preserved, and they who rebel against Heaven perish.”
― Mencius

“Sincerity is the way to Heaven.”
― Mencius

“The feeling of right or wrong is the beginning of wisdom.”
― Mencius

“The way of truth is like a great road. It is not difficult to know it. The evil is only that men will not seek it.”
― Mencius

“If you let people follow their feelings, they will be able to do good. This is what is meant by saying that human nature is good.”
Mencius quotes

“Getting something done is like digging a well. You can dig a well seventy feet deep, but if you don’t hit water it’s just an abandoned well.”
― Mencius

“A man must not be without shame, for the shame of being without shame is shamelessness indeed.”
― Mencius

“Words that defy reality are ominous. And it’s ominous reality that confronts those who would obscure the wise and worthy.”
― Mencius

“Integrity, wisdom, skill, intelligence – such things are forged in adversity.”
― Mencius

“Human heartedness is man’s mind. Righteousness is man’s path. How sad that he abandons that path and does not rely on it; that he loses that mind and does not know to seek it. When a man has lost a cock or a dog, he knows to seek it, but having lost his (proper) mind, he does not know to seek it. The Way of Learning is nothing other than seeking the lost mind.”
― Mencius

“There’s only one way to know if people are good or evil: look at the choices they make. We each contain precious and worthless, great and small. Never injure the great for the sake of the small, or the precious for the sake of the worthless. Small people nurture what is small in them; great people nurture what is great in them.”
― Mencius

“People are distressed by their inability to do it. The problem, however, is simply that they don’t do it.”
― Mencius

“Words that speak of things close at hand and carry far-reaching implications – those are the good words.”
― Mencius

“The heart of compassion is the germ of benevolence; the heart of shame, of dutifulness; the heart of courtesy and modesty, of observance of the rites; the heart of right and wrong, of wisdom. Man has these four germs just as he has four limbs. For a man possessing these four germs to deny his own potentialities is for him to cripple himself.”
― Mencius

“The feeling of commiseration is the beginning of humanity; the feeling of shame and dislike is the beginning of righteousness; the feeling of deference and compliance is the beginning of propriety; and the feeling of right or wrong is the beginning of wisdom. Men have these Four Beginnings just as they have their four limbs. Having these Four Beginnings, but saying that they cannot develop them is to destroy themselves.”
― Mencius

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Inspirational Democritus quotes

Democritus quotes
Inspirational Democritus quote

Democritus (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) was an influential Ancient Greek pre-Socratic philosopher primarily remembered today for his formulation of an atomic theory of the universe. This post features some inspirational Democritus quotes.He is popularly known as “the laughing philosopher” for advocating a cheerful outlook, and for his rhetorical use of irony and ridicule.

Democritus was born in Abdera, Thrace, around 460 BC, although, some thought it was 490 BC. His exact contributions are difficult to disentangle from those of his mentor Leucippus, as they are often mentioned together in texts. Their speculation on atoms, taken from Leucippus, bears a passing and partial resemblance to the 19th-century understanding of atomic structure that has led some to regard Democritus as more of a scientist than other Greek philosophers; however, their ideas rested on very different bases. Largely ignored in ancient Athens, Democritus is said to have been disliked so much by Plato that the latter wished all of his books burned. He was nevertheless well known to his fellow northern-born philosopher Aristotle. Many consider Democritus to be the “father of modern science”. None of his writings have survived; only fragments are known from his vast body of work.

Democritus quotes

“Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, his mistakes and weaknesses.”
― Democritus

Democritus quotes
Democritus quote

“Men ask for health in their prayers to the gods: they do not realize that the power to achieve it lies in themselves. Lacking self-control, they perform contrary actions and betray health to their desires.”
― Democritus

“Accept nothing pleasant unless it is beneficial.”
― Democritus

“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion.”
Democritus quotes

“By desiring little, a poor man makes himself rich.”
― Democritus

“It is greed to do all the talking but not to want to listen at all.”
― Democritus

“Everywhere man blames nature and fate yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passion, his mistakes and his weaknesses.”
― Democritus

“There are many who know many things, yet are lacking in wisdom.”
― Democritus

“Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul.”
― Democritus

Democritus quotes
Inspirational Democritus quotes

“To a wise and good man the whole earth is his fatherland.”
― Democritus

“We know nothing truly about anything, but for each of us opining is a rearrangement of soul atoms.”
― Democritus

“Many much-learned men have no intelligence.”
― Democritus

“Good breeding in cattle depends on physical health, but in men on a well-formed character.”
― Democritus

“A life without a holiday is like a long journey without an inn to rest at.”
― Democritus

“No one regards the things before his feet, But views with care the regions of the sky.”
― Democritus

“Fools learn wisdom through misfortune.”
― Democritus

“Nature and teaching are closely related; for teaching reforms a person, and by reforming remakes his nature.”
― Democritus

“If your desires are not great, a little will seem much to you; for small appetite makes poverty equivalent to wealth.”
― Democritus

“The hopes of the right-minded may be realized, those of fools are impossible.”
― Democritus

“Medicine heals diseases of the body, wisdom frees the soul from passions.”
― Democritus

“One should emulate works and deeds of virtue, not arguments about it.”
Democritus quotes

Democritus quotes
Inspirational Democritus quotes

“No power and no treasure can outweigh the extension of our knowledge.”
― Democritus

“I would rather discover one cause than gain the kingdom of Persia.”
― Democritus

“Do not trust all men, but trust men of worth; the former course is silly, the latter a mark of prudence.”
― Democritus

“The pleasures that give most joy are the ones that most rarely come.”
― Democritus

“A sensible man takes pleasure in what he has instead of pining for what he has not.”
― Democritus

“One man means as much to me as a multitude, and a multitude only as much as one man.”
Democritus quotes

“Good means not merely not to do wrong, but rather not to desire to do wrong.”
― Democritus

“If thou sustain injustice, console thyself; the true unhappiness is in doing it.”
― Democritus

“One will seem to promote virtue better by using encouragement and persuasion of speech than law and necessity. For it is likely that he who is held back from wrongdoing by law will err in secret but that he who is urged to what he should by persuasion will do nothing wrong either in secret or openly. Therefore he who acts rightly from understanding and knowledge proves to be at the same time courageous and right-minded.”
― Democritus

“If the body were to take the soul to court for the pains and suffering it had endured throughout its life, then if he were to be on the jury for the case he would gladly cast his vote against the soul inasmuch as it had destroyed some parts of the body by negligence or dissipated them by drunkenness, and had ruined and ravaged other parts by its pursuit of pleasures – just as he would blame the careless user if a tool or utensil were in a bad condition.”
― Democritus

“All who delight in the pleasures of the belly, exceeding all measure in eating and drinking and love, find that the pleasures are brief and last but a short while—only so long as they are eating and drinking—but the pains that come after are many and endure. The longing for the same things keeps ever returning, and whenever the objects of one’s desire are realized forthwith the pleasure vanishes, and one has no further use for them. The pleasure is brief, and once more the need for the same things returns.”
― Democritus

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Socrates Quotes
Socrates Quotes

Socrates (470/469 – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato’s dialogues are among the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity, though it is unclear the degree to which Socrates himself is “hidden behind his ‘best disciple’, Plato”. This post features some inspirational Socrates quotes.

Socrates Quotes

“Know thyself.”
― Socrates

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
Socrates

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
― Socrates

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
Socrates quotes

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
― Socrates

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
― Socrates

“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
― Socrates

“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”
― Socrates

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
― Socrates

“The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
― Socrates

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
― Socrates

“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
Socrates quotes

“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.”
― Socrates

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
― Socrates

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.”
― Socrates

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
― Socrates

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
― Socrates

“By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.”
― Socrates

“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”
Socrates quotes

“Be as you wish to seem.”
― Socrates

“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
― Socrates

“From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.”
― Socrates

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
― Socrates

“By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful.”
― Socrates

“Every action has its pleasures and its price.”
― Socrates

“One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.”
― Socrates

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
― Socrates

“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”
Socrates quotes

“We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.”
― Socrates

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”
― Socrates

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
― Socrates

“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.”
― Socrates

“All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”
― Socrates

“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
― Socrates

“The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.”
― Socrates

“If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.”
― Socrates

“Virtue does not come from wealth, but wealth, and every other good thing which men have comes from virtue.”
― Socrates

“In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.”
Socrates quotes

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”
― Socrates

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
― Socrates

“He who has lived as a true philosopher has reason to be of good cheer when he is about to die, and that after death he may hope to receive the greatest good in the other world.”
― Socrates

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”
― Socrates

“If anyone says that he has ever learned or heard anything from me in private which all the world has not heard, I should like you to know that he is speaking an untruth.”
Socrates quotes

“The hottest love has the coldest end.”
― Socrates

“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”
― Socrates

“Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.”
― Socrates

“To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.”
― Socrates

“In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence.”
― Socrates

“To move the world we must move ourselves.”
― Socrates

“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”
― Socrates

“The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves. ”
― Socrates

“Envy is the ulcer of the soul.”
Socrates quotes

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
― Socrates

“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.”
― Socrates

“If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.”
― Socrates

“I realized that it was not by wisdom that poets write their poetry, but by a kind of nature or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets; for these also say many beautiful things, but do not know anything of what they say.”
― Socrates

“He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.”
― Socrates

“We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”
― Socrates

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Inspirational Zeno of Elea Quotes

Zeno of Elea Quotes
Zeno of Elea Quote

Zeno of Elea (c. 490 – c. 430 BC) was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher of southern Italy and a member of the monistic Eleatic school founded by Parmenides. Aristotle declared him the inventor of the dialectic, which involves a dialogue between two or more people who may hold differing views, yet wish to pursue truth by seeking agreement with one another; in contrast to debate, in which two or more people hold differing views and wish to persuade an audience or prove one another wrong. He is most famous for his paradoxes, which Bertrand Russell described as “immeasurably subtle and profound.” This post features some inspirational Zeno of Elea Quotes.

Little is known for certain about Zeno’s life. Although written nearly a century after Zeno’s death, the primary source of biographical information about Zeno is Plato’s Parmenides and he is also mentioned in Aristotle’s Physics. In the dialogue of Parmenides, Plato describes a visit to Athens by Zeno and Parmenides, at a time when Parmenides is “about 65,” Zeno is “nearly 40” and Socrates is “a very young man”.

Zeno’s paradoxes have puzzled, challenged, influenced, inspired, infuriated, and amused philosophers, mathematicians, and physicists for over two millennia. The most famous are the arguments against motion described by Aristotle in his Physics.

Zeno of Elea Quotes
Zeno of Elea Quotes

Zeno of Elea Quotes

“By silence, I hear other men’s imperfections and conceal my own.”
― Zeno of Elea

“In a race, the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead.”
― Zeno of Elea

“The hypothesis of the many, if examined sufficiently in detail, leads to even more ridiculous results than the hypothesis of the One.”
Zeno of Elea

“That which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.”
– as recounted by Aristotle in his work Physics

“The goal of life is living in agreement with nature.”
Zeno of Elea quotes

“The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others.”
― Zeno of Elea

“The [first] argument asserts the non-existence of notion on the ground that that which is in locomotion must arrive at the half-way stage before it arrives at the goal.”
― Zeno of Elea

“But what has been said once can always be repeated.”
Zeno of Elea quotes

“My writing is an answer to the partisans of the many and it returns their attack with interest, with a view to showing that the hypothesis of the many, if examined sufficiently in detail, leads to even more ridiculous results than the hypothesis of the One.”
― Zeno of Elea

“Beauty is the flower of chastity.”
― Zeno of Elea

“The second [argument about motion] is the so-called Achilles, and it amounts to this, that in a race the quickest runner can never overtake the slowest, since the pursuer must first reach the point whence the pursued started, so that the slower must always hold a lead. Statement of the Achilles and the Tortoise paradox in the relation of the discrete to the continuous.; perhaps the earliest example of the reductio ad absurdum method of proof.”
Zeno of Elea quotes

“The truth is, that these writings of mine were meant to protect the arguments of Parmenides against those who make fun of him and seek to show the many ridiculous and contradictory results which they suppose to follow from the affirmation of the one. My answer is addressed to the partisans of the many, whose attack I return with interest by retorting upon them that their hypothesis of the being of many, if carried out, appears to be still more ridiculous than the hypothesis of the being of one. Zeal for my master led me to write the book in the days of my youth, but some one stole the copy; and therefore I had no choice whether it should be published or not; the motive, however, of writing, was not the ambition of an elder man, but the pugnacity of a young one.”
― Zeno of Elea quote about Parmenides

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Parmenides Quotes
Parmenides Quotes

Parmenides of Elea was a pre-Socratic Greek philosopher from Elea in Magna Graecia (Greater Greece, included Southern Italy). He was the founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy. The single known work of Parmenides is a poem, On Nature, which has survived only in fragmentary form. In this poem, Parmenides describes two views of reality. In “the way of truth” (a part of the poem), he explains how reality (coined as “what-is”) is one, change is impossible, and existence is timeless, uniform, necessary, and unchanging. In “the way of opinion,” he explains the world of appearances, in which one’s sensory faculties lead to conceptions which are false and deceitful. This post features some Inspirational Parmenides Quotes.

Parmenides Quotes

“We can speak and think only of what exists. And what exists is uncreated and imperishable for it is whole and unchanging and complete. It was not or nor shall be different since it is now, all at once, one and continuous.”
― Parmenides

“You must learn all things, both the unshaken heart of persuasive truth, and the opinions of mortals in which there is no true warranty.”
― Parmenides

“There is one story left, one road: that it is. And on this road there are very many signs that, being, is uncreated and imperishable, whole, unique, unwavering, and complete.”
― Parmenides

“Wherefore all these things are but the names which mortals
have given, believing them to be true.”
Parmenides quotes

“It is all one to me where I begin;
for I shall come back again there.”
― Parmenides

“It is indifferent to me where I am to begin, for there shall I return again.”
― Parmenides

“Let reason alone decide.”
― Parmenides

“Change is an illusion.”
― Parmenides

“Thou canst not recognize not-being (for this
is impossible), nor couldst thou speak of it,
for thought and being are the same thing.”
Parmenides quotes

“To be and to have meaning are the same.”
― Parmenides

“Gaze steadfastly at things which, though far away, are yet present to the mind.”
― Parmenides

“Never will this prevail, that the things that are not are — bar your thought from this road of inquiry.”
― Parmenides

“Every thing is of the nature of no thing.”
― Parmenides

“Give me the power to produce fever and I’ll cure all disease.”
― Parmenides

“Being alone is and nothing is altogether not.”
― Parmenides

“The only roads of enquiry there are to think of: one, that it is and that it is not possible for it not to be, this is the path of persuasion (for truth is its companion); the other, that it is not and that it must not be — this I say to you is a path wholly unknowable.”
― Parmenides

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