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Friedrich NietzscheThe Greeks are interesting and extremely important because they reared such a vast number of great individuals. How was this possible? This question is one which ought to be studied.

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, 1844-1900, German philosopher

HoraceConquered Greece took captive her savage conqueror and brought her arts into rustic Latium.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

SocratesI am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

—  Socrates, 469-399 BC, Ancient Geek Philosopher

Albert CamusWe have exiled beauty; the Greeks took up arms for her.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Will DurantThe Greeks offered the East philosophy, the East offered Greece religion; religion won because philosophy was a luxury for the few, religion was a consolation for the many.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Winston ChurchillOf all the small nations of this earth, perhaps only the ancient Greeks surpass the Scots in their contribution to mankind.

—  Winston Churchill, 1874-1965, British Prime Minister, Nobel 1953

Will DurantIf you look at a map of Europe you will observe that Greece is a skeleton-like hand stretching its crooked fingers out into the Mediterranean Sea.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Will DurantThe Greek might admit that honesty is the best policy, but he tries everything else first.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

Jean CocteauGreece is a corpse devoured by its myths.

—  Jean Cocteau, 1889-1963, French artist

Lord ActonSave for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in this world that is not Greek in its origin.

—  Lord Acton, 1834-1902, English historian

Adolf HitlerFor the sake of historical truth I must verify that only the Greeks, of all the adversaries who confronted us, fought with bold courage and highest disregard of death.

—  Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945, German dictator

     (speech before the Reichstag, 4 May 1941)

Georg Christoph LichtenbergThe Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.

—  Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, 1742-1799, German author of maxims

Wolfgang GoetheAmong all peoples, the Greeks have dreamt life's dream most beautifully.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher


Latin Quotes

VirgilBe afraid of the Greeks bearing gifts.

Timeo Danaos et dona ferrentes.

—  Virgil, 70-19 BC, Roman poet

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Quotes in Verse

Kostas VarnalisHere lie the ashes of a people which used to be an eternal flame.

—  Kostas Varnalis, 1883-1974, Greek poet

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Ancient Greek

PlatoHomer has educated Greece.

Όμηρος την Ελλάδα επεπαιδεύκει.

—  Plato, 427-347 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher

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