Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

Periander, aka Periander The Great NULL

Greek Tyrant of Corinth, One of the Seven Sages of Greece

"If fortune smiles, beware of being exalted; if fortune thunders, beware of being overwhelmed."

"Pleasures are transient."

"Be moderate in prosperity, prudent in adversity."

"Nothing is impossible to industry."

"Check disease in its approach. "

"Freedom is a clear conscience."

"He who assists the wicked will in time rue it. "

"He who has once made himself notorious as utterly unprincipled, is not credited even when he speaks the truth. "

"He who trusts himself for safety to the care of a wicked man, in seeking succour meets with ruin. "

"However exalted our position, we should still not despise the powers of the humble. "

"Judge of a tree by its fruit, not by its leaves. "

"Liars pay the penalty of their own misdeeds. "

"Live according to your income. "

"Ostensibly polite, you nourish the cunning of the fox in the hollowness of your heart. "

"Practice is everything. [often misquoted as Practice makes perfect]"

"Relaxation should at times be given to the mind, the better to fit it for toil when resumed. "

"Success brings many to ruin. "

"The mind still longs for what it has missed, and loses itself in the contemplation of the past. "

"The poor man, while he apes the wealthy, effects his own ruin. [The fable of frog and the cow.]"

"The success of the wicked tempts many to sin. "

"The useful and the beautiful are never separated."

"Those who plot the destruction of others often perish in the attempt. "

"To counsel others, and to disregard one's own safety, is folly. "

"Unless your works lead to profit, vain is your glory in them. "

"What is freedom? It is a clear conscience."

"What is the essential reason of all? It is a time."

"Who wants to govern quiet, he shouldn’t protect himself with spears, but with universal love."

"Witty remarks are all very well when spoken at a proper time: when out of place they are offensive."

"You should be moderate in happiness and should be rational in misfortune."

"You should do nothing because of money."

"Your knowing a thing is nothing, unless another knows you know it. "

"Each man has his fancy."

"It is a pleasant thing to be pointed at with the finger, and to hear it said, "That is he.""

"His bloated paunch stands forth projecting a good eighteen inches."

"I have cut my leg with my own adze."

"Out of breath to no possible purpose; in attempting everything, doing nothing."

"Snuffling through his nose some stale joke."

"The pot boils badly."

"The soft speeches of the wicked are full of deceit."

"May everything he treads upon become a rose!"

"Now o'er his tomb and happy ashes will not violets spring?"

"You are too sarcastic."