Quotes by Pindar

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Pindar (or Pindarus / Pindaros) (522 BC 443 BC), considered the greatest of the nine lyric poets of ancient Greece, was born at Cynoscephalae, a village in Thebes. He was the son of Daiphantus and Cleodice. The traditions of his family have left their impression on his poetry, and are not without importance for a correct estimate of his relation to his contemporaries. While his father belonged to the 'aristocracy', his mother is said to have been a member of the 'rightless' class or maybe even a slave. Together with the fact that his relation with a woman from the aristocracy ended abruptly, this would remain a source of inspiration for Pindar. He felt looked down upon. He got his 'revenge' through his poetry. It is even said that the same girl and his father committed suicide after reading his work. more

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Whatever is beautiful is beautiful by necessity.

Men are the dreams of a shadow.
Learn what you are and be such.
Not every truth is the better for showing its face undisguised; and often silence is the wisest thing for a man to heed.
A graceful and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality.
The days that are still to come are the wisest witnesses.

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