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  Nature
HeraclitusΦύσις κρύπτεσθαι φιλεί.

Nature is wont to hide herself.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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AristotleΗ φύσις μηδέν μήτε ατελές ποιεί μήτε μάτην.

Nature does nothing without purpose or in vain.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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AristotleΕν πάσι γαρ τοις φυσικοίς ενεστί τι θαυμαστόν.

In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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  Shadow
PindarΣκιάς όναρ άνθρωπος.

Man is the dream of a shadow.

—  Pindar, 522-438 BC, Ancient Greek lyric poet

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  Sun
HeraclitusΟ ήλιος, καθάπερ ο Ηράκλειτος φησι, νέος εφ’ ημέρη εστίν.

The sun, as Heraclitus says, is new every day.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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  Water
PindarΆριστον μεν ύδωρ.

The best, however, [is] water

—  Pindar, 522-438 BC, Ancient Greek lyric poet

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  Fire
HeraclitusΚόσμον τονδε, τον αυτόν απάντων, ούτε τις θεών ούτε ανθρώπων εποίησεν, αλλ' ην αεί και έστιν και έστε πύρ αείζωον.

This world, 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.

—  Heraclitus, 544-484 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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  Dogs
DiogenesΚαγώ, φησίν, Διογένης ο κύων.

And I, as they say, am Diogenes the dog.

—  Diogenes, 410-323 BC, Ancient Greek Cynic philosopher

(introducing himself to Alexander the Great)

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  Horses
Alexander the GreatΟίον ίππον απολλύουσι, δι’ απειρίαν και μαλακίαν χρήσασθαι μη δυνάμενοι.

What an excellent horse do they lose, for want of address and boldness to manage him!

—  Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, King of Macedon

(seeing Bucephalas being led away as useless)

  

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