Cleanthes Quotes



Best 9 Quotes by Cleanthes

“Conduct me, Jove, and you, O Destiny, wherever your decrees have fixed my station.”

“He has his wish, whose wish can be to have what is enough.”

“He needs little who desires but little.”

“Ignorant men differ from beasts only in their figure.”

“Lead me on, O Zeus, and thou Destiny,
To that goal long ago to me assigned.
I’ll follow readily but if my will prove weak;
Wretched as I am, I must follow still.
Fate guides the willing, but drags the unwilling.”

“Lead me, Zeus, and you, Fate, wherever you have assigned me. I shall follow without hesitation; but even if I am disobedient and do not wish to, I shall follow no less surely.”

“Silence, silence, light be thy step.”

“The Fates guide the person who accepts them and hinder the person who resists them.”

“The Fates lead the willing, but drag the unwilling.”

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