Monday, April 30, 2018

Inspiration from The Past (Part II).




On Happiness:
·       Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.  (Aristotle)
·       Happiness depends upon ourselves.  (Aristotle)
·       The secret of happiness is freedom.  The secret of freedom is courage.  (Thucydides)
·       There is only one way to happiness and that is to cease worrying about things which are beyond the power of our will.  (Epictetus)
·       Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not, remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.  (Epicurus)

On Leadership:
·       Ten soldiers wisely led will beat a hundred without a head.  (Euripides)
·       He that always gives way to others will end up having no principles of his own.  (Aesop)
·       What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.  (Pericles)

On Peak Performance:
·       Well begun is half done.  (Aristotle)
·       First, have a definite, clear, practical idea; a goal, an objective.  Second have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials and methods.  Third adjust all your means to that end.  (Aristotle)
·       The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory in surmounting it.  (Epicurus)
·       You will never do anything in this world without courage.  It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honour.  (Aristotle)
·       Success is dependent on effort.  (Sophocles)
·       To find fault is easy, to do better may be difficult.  (Plutarch)

On Listening:
·       Silence at the proper season is wisdom, and better than any speech.  (Plutarch)
·       Wise men speak because they have something to say.  Fools because they have to say something.  (Plato)

On Life:
·       An honest man is always a child.  (Socrates)
·       Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend.  (Theophrastus)
·       Our sins are more easily remembered than our good deeds.  (Democritus)
·       Raising children is an uncertain thing, success is reached only after a lifetime of battle and worry.  (Democritus)
·       All religions must be tolerated for every man must get to heaven in his own way.  (Epictetus)
·       One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors.  (Plato)
·       Of what use is a philosopher who doesn’t hurt anybody’s feelings.  (Diogenes)

KR