XENOCRATES QUOTES

Greek philosopher (396 BC - 314 BC)

One may as well go, as look into another man's house; because the eye may reach what the hand cannot.

XENOCRATES, attributed, Plutarch's Morals

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Tragedy when ridiculed by comedy does not condescend a reply.

XENOCRATES, attributed, Day's Collacon

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If the ox could think, it would attribute oxality to God.

XENOCRATES, attributed, Personality: The Beginning and End of Metaphysics

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Counsel in trouble gives small comfort when help is past remedy.

XENOCRATES, attributed, Day's Collacon

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An ambassador should study the welfare of his country, and not spend his time in feasting and riot.

XENOCRATES, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Each man's soul is his genius.

XENOCRATES, attributed, The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor

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I have often repented speaking, but never of holding my tongue.

XENOCRATES, attributed, The Concise Columbia Dictionary of Quotations

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Geometry is one of the handles of science and philosophy.

XENOCRATES, attributed, Day's Collacon

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Antipater uses us favourably if he looks upon us as staves, but very hardly if he considers us as freemen.

XENOCRATES, attributed, Plutarch's Lives

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Go away, you give philosophy nothing to catch hold of.

XENOCRATES, spoken to an unnamed student who wished to attend his lecture, A History of Cynicism from Diogenes to the 6th Century

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Happiness is the possession of the excellence proper to us, and of the power subservient to it.

XENOCRATES, attributed, Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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