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Q: Who said this? (presumably a Greek philosopher) ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Who said this? (presumably a Greek philosopher)
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Asked by: pgmr-ga
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Posted: 16 Jan 2003 11:37 PST
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Question ID: 144313
Which Greek philosopher said "The measure of any man is in action." ?
Subject: Re: Who said this? (presumably a Greek philosopher)
Answered By: voila-ga on 16 Jan 2003 16:02 PST
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The Greek you're looking for is Pindar (c. 518-443 BC) best known for
his lyric poetry and also mentioned in Plato's Dialogues.  The entire
quote is:

"I will not steep my speech in lies; the test of any man lies in

The Body of Character:


BC Chronology

Plato's Time and Dialogues

Exploring Plato's Dialogues

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Pindar Victory Odes:

Man at the Crossroads


Here are some additional quotes on action:

The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.
- Confucius

Men are all alike in their promises. It is only in their deeds that
they differ.  MOLIÈRE

I judge a man by his actions with men, much more than by his
declarations Godwards-When I find him to be envious, carping,
spiteful, hating the successes of others, and complaining that the
world has never done enough for him, I am apt to doubt whether his
humility before God will atone for his want of manliness. - Anthony

One's feelings waste themselves in words; they ought all to be
distilled into action . . . which bring results. - Florence


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The Luxury of Negative Thought:

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pgmr-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Very thorough response to the question.  Thank you.

Subject: Re: Who said this? (presumably a Greek philosopher)
From: tom136-ga on 16 Jan 2003 16:12 PST
I only would like to add a somehow related quote from another Greek,

"The measure of a man is what he does with power."
- Pittacus, of Mytilene in Lesbos (c. 650-570 B.C.), one of the Seven
Sages of Greece.
Kind regards,

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