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Gilbert Murray Quotes and Sayings

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Greek was very much a live language,
and a language still unconscious of grammar,
not, like ours, dominated by definitions and trained upon dictionaries.
- Gilbert Murray

It is doubtless one of Aristotle's great services that
he conceived so clearly the truth that literature is
a thing that grows and has a history.
- Gilbert Murray

The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots;
its business was to express the heroic saga,
the myths.
- Gilbert Murray

The fashions of the ages vary in this direction and that,
but they vary for the most part from a central road
which was struck out by the imagination of Greece.
- Gilbert Murray

 

Few of the great works of ancient Greek literature are easy reading.
- Gilbert Murray

Sometimes Aristotle analyses his terms,
but very often he takes them for granted;
and in the latter case,
I think, he is sometimes deceived by them.
- Gilbert Murray

The fact is that much misunderstanding is often caused
by our modern attempts to limit too strictly the meaning of a Greek word.
- Gilbert Murray

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Be careful in dealing with a man who cares nothing
for comfort or promotion,
but is simply determined to do what he believes to be right.
He is a dangerous uncomfortable enemy,
because his body, which you can always conquer,
gives you little purchase upon his soul.
- Gilbert Murray

The life and liberty and property and happiness of
the common man throughout the world are at the absolute
mercy of a few persons whom he has never seen,
involved in complicated quarrels that he has never heard of.
- Gilbert Murray

Where words can be translated into equivalent words,
the style of an original can be closely followed;
but no translation which aims at being written in normal
English can reproduce the style of Aristotle.
- Gilbert Murray

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi) PHOTO

Do not do to others what would anger you
if done to you by others.
- Isocrates (Ancient Greek)

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
- Diogenes

It was a Greek tragedy.
Nixon was fulfilling his own nature.
Once it started it could not end otherwise.
- Henry A. Kissinger

Proportions are what makes the old Greek temples classic in their beauty.
They are like huge blocks, from which the air has been
literally hewn out between the columns.
- Arne Jacobsen

It did remind me of something out of Greek mythology -
the richest king who gets everything he wants,
but ultimately his family has a curse on it from the Gods.
- Martin Scorsese

All that we call ideal in Greek or any other art,
because to us it is false and visionary,
was, to the makers of it, true and existent.
- John Ruskin

The word democracy comes from the Greek and means,
literally, government by the people.
- Robert Welch

No matter how thoroughly a person may have learned the Greek alphabet,
he will never be in a condition to repeat it backwards
without further training.
- Hermann Ebbinghaus

A man is in general better pleased when he has a good dinner upon his table,
than when his wife talks Greek.
- Samuel Johnson

England and Greece are friends.
English blood was shed on Greek soil in the war against fascism,
and Greeks gave their lives to protect English pilots.
- Melina Mercouri

I am an Epicurean.
I consider the genuine (not the imputed) doctrines of Epicurus
as containing everything rational in moral philosophy
which Greek and Roman leave to us.
- Thomas Jefferson

Greek philosophy seems to have met with something with
which a good tragedy is not supposed to meet,
namely, a dull ending.
- Karl Marx

Save for the wild force of Nature, nothing moves in
this world that is not Greek in its origin.
- John Acton

The Greek sculptor - I don't think he was very different from any of us.
- Michael Tippett

The ordinary man looking at a mountain is like an illiterate
person confronted with a Greek manuscript.
- Aleister Crowley

And though thou hadst small Latin, and less Greek.
- Ben Jonson

If you look at the timing of many of the Greek dramas
from the theatrical point of view,
it's all off, and I think the reason for that is that
music played a very important part.
- John Eaton

Read Churchill, he tells you how crucial was the Greek
role in your decisive desert victory over Rommel.
- Melina Mercouri

This was nostalgia in the literal Greek sense:
the pain of not being able to return to one's home and family.
- John Thorn

Movies are immortal art - the first new art since Greek drama.
- Eric Johnston

You are about to have your first experience with a Greek lunch.
I will kill you if you pretend to like it.
- Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

I was the executive editor on a little magazine called Greek Accent,
whose only claim to fame is that its art director went
on to be the art director of Discover for many years.
- Jane Haddam

A lot of names in America and Europe have their roots
in Latin and Greek words.
A lot of them go back to archetypes and their stories.
- Maynard James Keenan

Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
- Edmund Waller

I like to cook, but mostly Greek.
When I am confused or tired, I think about what I can cook.
It takes you away from everything, as you are thinking only of your dish.
- Nana Mouskouri

Religion enabled society to organise itself to debate goodness,
just as Greek drama had once done.
- Edward Bond

People try to make a Greek tragedy of my life,
and they can't do it.
I'm too happy.
- Curt Flood

I thought that the chief thing to be done in order
to equal boys was to be learned and courageous.
So I decided to study Greek and learn to manage a horse.
- Elizabeth Cady Stanton

My boyhood saw Greek islands floating over Harvard Square.
- Horace Gregory

I don't buy into any of that hogwash.
They put that out to sell tickets.
It's just a classic horror movie, with the Greek drama
formula of good versus evil,
and lots of fear.
- Margot Kidder

From that moment, I did not cease to pray to God that
by his grace it might one day be permitted to me to learn Greek.
- Heinrich Schliemann

When I was a kid, I'd kneel down at the side of my
bed every night before I went to sleep,
and my mother and I would say a Greek prayer to the Virgin Mary.
- Olympia Dukakis

Quality in a classical Greek sense is how to live with grace and intelligence,
with bravery and mercy.
- Theodore White

Television? The word is half Greek, half Latin.
No good can come of it.
- C. P. Scott

Freedom in capitalist society always remains about
the same as it was in ancient Greek republics:
Freedom for slave owners.
- Vladimir Lenin

I guess darkness serves a purpose: to show us that
there is redemption through chaos.
I believe in that.
I think that's the basis of Greek mythology.
- Brendan Fraser

Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind,
forgetting the Greek who said: 'War is bad in that
it begets more evil than it kills.'
- Immanuel Kant

We read Greek and Norse mythology until it came out of our ears.
And the Bible.
- Penelope Lively

I am what libraries and librarians have made me,
with little assistance from a professor of Greek and poets.
- Heraclitus

I've played American, Italian, Greek,
French.
I've been really lucky that way.
- Chita Rivera

For example, I like using strong Greek and Roman Renaissance
characters as part of my series.
- Frank Bruno

I do not read the ancient languages,
but I am beginning to study Greek.
- Anne Rice

Every human being has within him an ideal man,
just as every piece of marble contains in a rough state
a statue as beautiful as the one that Praxiteles the
Greek made of the god Apollo.
- Jose Marti

I have friends who read my books in Greek.
- Brian Lumley

There is a misleading, unwritten rule that states if
a quote giving advice comes from someone famous,
very old, or Greek, then it must be good advice.
- Bo Bennett

My mom used to say that Greek Easter was later because
then you get stuff cheaper.
- Amy Sedaris

In England only uneducated people show off their knowledge;
nobody quotes Latin or Greek authors in the course of conversation,
unless he has never read them.
- George Mikes

And, of course, it must be asked: is it proper to transact
with the Turks for the most reassured of Greek possessions
when Greece is under Turkish invasion and subjugation?
- Melina Mercouri

My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek
class at Northwestern University.
- James Cronin

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

Knowing some Greek helped defuse forbidding words -
not that I counted much on using them.
You'll find only trace elements of this language in the poem.
- James Merrill

Well, opera began with an intent to resuscitate Greek drama,
that is, modern opera as we know it.
- John Eaton

Damn it boss, I like you too much not to say it.
You've got everything except one thing: madness!
- the movie Zorba The Greek

Well, with the French language, which I understood and spoke,
however imperfectly, and read in great quantities,
at certain times, the matter I suppose was slightly
different from either Latin or Greek.
- Robert Fitzgerald

Harmony is an obscure and difficult musical science,
but most difficult to those who are not acquainted with the Greek language;
because it is necessary to use many Greek words to
which there are none corresponding in Latin.
- Marcus V. Pollio

It has always seemed to me a pity that the young people
of our generation should grow up with such scant knowledge
of Greek and Latin literature,
its wealth and variety, its freshness and its imperishable quality.
- James Loeb

The British system had requirements,
including Latin.
I'm not positive you ever had to know Greek,
but there are certainly kinds of curricula where you had to know Greek too.
I think in Britain there was the most mindless,
repetitive sort of learning.
- William Scott

I am not a Catholic; but I consider the Christian idea,
which has its roots in Greek thought and in the course
of the centuries has nourished all of our European civilization,
as something that one cannot renounce without becoming degraded.
- Simone Weil

There was reference made to a book written in Greek
by a former Rabbi who had been converted to Christianity.
There was reference to a publication of a high clergyman of Milan.
Not even did Jews raise objections to that book.
- Julius Streicher


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