The Book of Ancient Wisdom: Over 500 Inspiring Quotations from the Greeks and Romans

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"Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable."—Cicero
"Nowadays, flattery wins friends, truth hatred."—Terence
Memorable quotes from Socrates, Euripides, Plutarch, Sophocles, Marcus Aurelius, and other ancient poets, playwrights, statesmen, and philosophers fill the pages of this handy collection of wit and wisdom. Their subjects touch all aspects of human life: adversity, contentment, courage, death, generosity, greed, love, procrastination, self-discipline, war, and peace. An appendix ...
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"Nothing is so unbelievable that oratory cannot make it acceptable."—Cicero
"Nowadays, flattery wins friends, truth hatred."—Terence
Memorable quotes from Socrates, Euripides, Plutarch, Sophocles, Marcus Aurelius, and other ancient poets, playwrights, statesmen, and philosophers fill the pages of this handy collection of wit and wisdom. Their subjects touch all aspects of human life: adversity, contentment, courage, death, generosity, greed, love, procrastination, self-discipline, war, and peace. An appendix provides brief biographies of the contributors and a pronunciation guide to the Greek and Roman names.
A handy aid for speech writers and public speakers, these thoughtful, sagacious words of advice from the best minds of bygone civilizations still ring true in the twenty-first century.
Original Dover (2005) publication.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780486441115
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 7/26/2005
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Adversity 1
Art and Artists 5
Beauty 7
Books and Libraries 9
Contentment 11
Courage 13
Death 17
Education 21
Envy 25
Forgiveness 27
Friendship 29
Generosity 35
Gratitude and Thankfulness 37
Greed and Gluttony 39
Happiness 43
Haste 47
The Heavens 49
Hope 53
Justice 55
Kindness 59
Law 61
Leadership and Statesmanship 65
Love 67
Luck 71
Mathematics and Numbers 73
Mind 79
Money and Prosperity 81
Nature 83
Necessity 85
Philosophy 87
Procrastination 89
Reading and Writing 91
Reason 93
Self-Discipline 95
Serenity 97
Soul 99
Speaking 101
Truth 103
War and Peace 107
Wisdom 111
They Said It 115
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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Highly Recommended - you must check it out!

    I've always been interested in the "wisdom books" of the ancient Greeks and Romans (particularly Stoicism), but seldom have time to plough through abstruce texts. Many textbooks on the Greek and Roman philosophers, poets, playwrights, and historians have been written by academic writers with an eye to fellow academicians, and are intended mainly for such. On the other hand, this book offers busy people a compact format rendering "ideas to live by" quickly available. The well-chosen quotations make this book a fine "bedside reader" as well. Sources of quotations will enable the reader to pursue the ideas further, if s/he so desires. There are also books that do this for the Bible (and I've got a good many of those too).

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