Greek Proverbs

You can tell who the good seamen are during a storm.

Donít trouble a quiet snake.

Eat and drink with your relatives, but do business with strangers.

A drop of wisdom is better than a sea of gold.

You canít hide behind your finger.

Listen to valuable statements even if they come from your enemyís mouth.

Every story can be told in different ways.

Many pupils have gained more wealth than their masters.

Many people know how to flatter; few know how to praise.

One minute of patience can result in ten years of peace.

A different man, a different taste.

Donít keep any secrets of yourself from yourself.

Alexander the Great wasnít tall.

Either remain quiet, or say things that improve the silence.

Even from an enemy a man can learn wisdom.

A woman prefers a man without money to money without a man.

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

Know yourself.

Nothing in excess.

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Ancient Minoan and Mycenaean civilizations were located in Greece in early times. By the 700s BC, a group of Greek city-states formed. By the 300s BC, the city-states were conquered by Phillip II of Macedon, whose son Alexander the Great spread the Greek culture throughout his vast empire.

The Romans later conquered Greece in the 100s BC, and also assimilated much of the Greek culture. After the fall of Rome in the late 400s AD, the Byzantine Empire took over Greece shortly later, and ruled the region until the Ottoman Empire took over it in the 1400s. Greece became an independent country in 1832, and its current government formed in the late 1900s.

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