This page will list some quotes I like and find somehow useful or meaningful in the context of Hellenismos.
“ The next century’s task will be to rediscover its Gods.” – André Malraux.
“ One moon, many pools. Many pools, one moon.” – Buddhist saying.
“Deep in the human unconscious is a pervasive need for a logical universe that makes sense. But the real universe is always one step beyond logic.” – Frank Herbert, Dune Saga.
“The Secret of Health for both Mind and Body is not to mourn for the Past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.” – Siddharta Gautama Buddha.
“When science finally locates the center of the universe, some people will be surprised to learn they’re not it.”- Bernard Bailey.
“ Reason is immortal, all else mortal.” – Pythagóras ho Sámios, c. 570–c. 495 BCE.
“The wisest men follow their own direction.” – Euripídēs, ca. 480-406 BCE.
“Faith = the opposite of dogmatism.”- John Ralston Saul.
“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. ” – Sōkrátēs.
“Superstition is the failure of emotion, atheism is the failure of reason” – Aristotélēs.
“Paganism is simply what people do naturally, in terms of religion, when we are free to do as we please.” – Apuleius Platonicus.
“Some people say that they are bound to their fellow-citizens by no mutual obligations, social ties, or common interests. This attitude demolishes the whole structure of civil society. Others again who say that regard should be had for the rights of fellow-citizens, but not of foreigners, would destroy the universal brotherhood of mankind; and, when this is annihilated, kindness, generosity, goodness, and justice must utterly perish; and those who work all this destruction must be considered to be wickedly rebelling against the immortal gods. They uproot the fellowship which the gods have established between human beings…” – Marcus Tullius Cicero.
“So gentle is She, Artemis the Holy, To dewy youth, to tender nurslings, The young of all that roam the meadow, & of all who live within the forest.” – Euripidēs, ca. 480-406 BCE.
“What a man would swear cannot be done, – must not be hoped for – the Great Power on High can give into his hand, in easy mastery.” – Píndaros.
“All formal dogmatic religions are fallacious and must never be accepted by self-respecting persons as final.” – Hypatía of Alexándreia.
“Reserve your right to think, for even to think wrongly is better than not to think at all.” – Hypatía of Alexándreia.
“Remember, the Gods will not do for men what men must do for themselves.” – Athēna.
“It is folly for a man to pray to the gods for that which he has the power to obtain by himself.” – Epikouros.
“True religion (eusébeia) is the understanding of the worship of the gods” (Stob. II.7.5). – Arius Didymus.
“The Soul is the same in all living Creatures, allthough the Body of each is different.” – Hippokrátēs ho Kōios (ca. 460 BC – ca. 370 BC).
“It is vain to expect our prayers to be heard, if we do not strive as well as pray.” – Aisōpos (620-564 BC).
“This universe, which is the same for all, has not been made by any god or man, but it always has been, is, and will be an ever-living fire, kindling itself by regular measures and going out by regular measures.” – Hērákleitos ho Ephésios, c. 535–c. 475 BCE.
“I had imagined that the prelates of the Galilaeans were under greater obligations to me than to my predecessor. For in his reign many of them were banished, persecuted, and imprisoned, and many of the so-called heretics were executed … all of this has been reversed in my reign; the banished are allowed to return, and confiscated goods have been returned to the owners. But such is their folly and madness that, just because they can no longer be despots, or carry out their designs first against their brethren, and then against us, the worshipers of the Gods, they are inflamed with fury and stop at nothing in their unprincipled attempts to alarm and enrage the people.” – Emperor Flavius Claudius Julianus.