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9 Thoughts by Ancient Philosophers Still Relevant Today

Credit: The School of Athens. Detail of a mural by Raphael painted for Pope Julius II - In the center Plato (Leonardo da Vinci) discourses with Aristotle. 1509. Raphael; Gettyimages

The wisdom of Ancient Greek and Rome

1. "No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man."
— Heraclitus

2. "Most powerful is he who has himself in his own power."
— Seneca

3. "The unexamined life is not worth living."
— Socrates

4. "The life of money-making is one undertaken under compulsion, and wealth is evidently not the good we are seeking; for it is merely useful and for the sake of something else."
— Aristotle

5. "The wealth required by nature is limited and is easy to procure; but the wealth required by vain ideals extends to infinity."
— Epicurus

6. "Happiness resides not in possessions, and not in gold, happiness dwells in the soul."
— Democritus

7. "Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises."
– Demosthenes

8. "All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else."
– Plato

9. "You are hurt the moment you believe yourself to be."
– Epictetus

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