Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Menander, aka Menander of Athens NULL

Greek Comic Playwright, Poet and Dramatist

"A man's character is revealed by his speech."

"A poor man, though he speak the truth, is not believed."

"All that defiles comes from within."

"Consorting with the wise will make you wise."

"Communion with the bad corrupts good character."

"Envy, most grim of all diseases."

"Everyone has power to do evil."

"All things are attained by diligence and toil."

"The speaker's character, not his speech, persuades."

"He whom the gods love, dies young."

"It is impossible to find anyone whose life is immune to trouble."

"He only lives, who living enjoys life."

"Even God lends a hand to honest boldness."

"The spoken word is man's physician in grief."

"There is one virtue, always to shun eccentricity."

"All places are the temple of God, for it is the mind that prays to him."

"Time is a healer of all ills."

"It is not easy to find the relatives of a poor man."

"He that lends an easy and credulous ear to calumny is either a man of very ill morals or has no more sense and understanding than a child."

"Being a man ne'er asks the gods for life set free from grief, but asks for courage that endures long."

"Sweet, amongst brethren is the love of unity."

"Man must be prepared for every event of life, for there is nothing that is durable."

"Than love no greater force exists."

"The intellect in every one of us is God."

"He who labors diligently need never despair; for all things are accomplished by diligence and labor."

"If we always helped one another, none would need luck."

"Let bravery be thy choice, but not bravado."

"There is but one genuine love-potion - consideration."

"Culture makes all men gentle."

"The character of a man is known from his conversations."

"The sword the body wounds, sharp words the mind."

"Riches cover a multitude of woes."

"The man who runs may fight again."

"Whom the gods love dies young. "

"Even God lends a hand to honest boldness."

"It is not white hair that engenders wisdom."

"Nothing is more useful than silence."

"Bad company corrupts good character."

"The school of hard knocks is an accelerated curriculum."

"A chaste woman ought not to dye her hair yellow."

"The person who has the will to undergo all labor may win any goal."

"We live, not as we wish to, but as we can."

"There is but one genuine love-potion - consideration."

"No man alive can say, "This shall not happen to me."

"Man must be prepared for every event of life, for there is nothing that is durable."

"In adversity man is saved by hope."

"To be sure, this requires effort and love, a careful cultivation of the spiritual life, and a watchful, honest, active oversight of all one's mental attitudes towards things and people. It is not to be learned by world-flight, running away from things, turning solitary and going apart from the world. Rather, one must learn an inner solitude, where or with whomsoever he may be. He must learn to penetrate things and find God there, to get a strong impression of God firmly fixed on his mind."

"Being mortal, never pray for an untroubled life; But ask the gods to give you an enduring heart."

"No just person ever became quickly rich."

"Let not your friend your cherished secrets hear; Then, if you quarrel, you've no cause to fear."