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Anacharsis Quotes


A Scythian philosopher who travelled from his homeland on the northern shores of the Black Sea to Athens in the early 6th century BC and made a great impression as a forthright, outspoken "barbarian," apparently a forerunner of the Cynics, though none of his works have survived.
(Early 6th century BC)

A vine bears three grapes, the first of pleasure, the second of drunkenness, and the third of repentance.
 

Every man is his own chief enemy.
 

Play so that you may be serious.
 

The first draught serveth for health, the second for pleasure, the third for shame, and the fourth for madness.
[Drinking]
 

The tongue is, at the same time, the best part of man, and his worst: with good government, none is more useful; without it, none is more mischievous.
 

These written laws are just like spiders' webs; the small and feeble may be caught and entangled in them, but the rich and mighty force through and despise them.
[Law]
 

Wise men argue causes; fools decide them.
[Argument]
 

Written laws are like spiders' webs, and will, like them, only entangle and hold the poor and weak, while the rich and powerful will easily break through them.