What are your Favourite Quotes from History?

Feb 2019
649
Pennsylvania, US
#43
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

- Theodore Roosevelt; from his 1910 "Citizenship in a Republic" speech - this partial paragraph out of the 35 page speech is also known as "the Man in the Arena".
 
Nov 2016
41
Australia
#44
As for you, Gilgamesh, fill your belly with good things; day and night, night and day, dance and be merry, feast and rejoice. Let your clothes be fresh, bathe yourself in water, cherish the little child that holds your hand, and make your wife happy in your embrace; for this too is the lot of man.

EPIC OF GILGAMESH
 
Sep 2015
1,788
England
#45
'when I was older, I opened my eyes and beheld reality, at which I began to laugh, and since then, I have not stopped laughing. I saw that the meaning of life was to secure a livelihood, and that its goal was to attain a high position; that love’s rich dream was marriage with an heiress; that friendship’s blessing was help in financial difficulties; that wisdom was what the majority assumed it to be; that enthusiasm consisted in making a speech; that it was courage to risk the loss of ten dollars; that kindness consisted in saying, “You are welcome,” at the dinner table; that piety consisted in going to communion once a year. This I saw, and I laughed.”― Søren Kierkegaard :rockhand:
‘Everything among the mortals has the value of the irretrievable.’ (a Roman soldier).
 
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stevev

Ad Honorem
Apr 2017
3,321
Las Vegas, NV USA
#47
I came. I saw. I conquered. J Caesar

In Latin it's "Veni. Vidi. Vici." In "Church" Latin it's pronounced as in modern Italian but in classical Latin it's pronounced WENEE, WEEDEE, WEEKEE. Not quite as impressive to my ears.:(
 
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