What Was the Attitude of the Ancients Toward War?

How did the peoples of the ancient world regard war? Did they glory in it, or did they consider it a necessary evil. Did everyone in those days agree that “Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori?” A bit of research would indicate that the attitude, at least of the educated ancients, was ambivalent to [...]

Quotes of the Day: On Happiness

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive-to think, to breathe, to love.”-Marcus Aurelius “Not what we have but what we enjoy constitutes our abundance”-Epicurus “Happiness depends upon ourselves.”-Aristotle “The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom is courage.”-Thucydides

Quotes of the day: On Old Age

“As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.”-Cicero “Old age has deformities enough on its [...]

Quotes of the Day: On Education

“The only good is knowledge. The only evil is ignorance.”-Herodotus “Natural ability without education has more often attained to glory than education without natural ability”-Cicero “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”-Aristotle “No man should bring children into the world who is unwilling to [...]

Quotes of the Day: On Love and Marriage

“By all means marry. If you get a good wife you’ll become happy. If you get a bad one you’ll become a philosopher.”-Socrates. “At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.”-Plato “Love is composed of a single soul inhabiting two bodies.”-Aristotle

Quotes of the Day

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.-Aristotle Of all nature’s gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?-Cicero