30+ Lucian Quotes From The Rhetorician And Satirist

Ancient Philosophical works by Lucian.

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Lucian was a Syrian scholar of ancient Syria, he was born into a lower middle class family in the village of Samosata.

Lucian was famous for his sarcastic approach towards religious practices, superstitions, and often ridiculed paranormal beliefs. Most of the facts about him are known through his writings.

Though he was a Syrian, most of his books were found to be written in Attic Greek. He was trained to become a sculptor, but a failed attempt at sculpting made him run away to pursue an education in a faraway land.

After acquiring enough wealth, Lucian is said to have settled in Athens where he wrote most of his works. He bought a house and seemed to have invited his parents to live with him in Athens. He was also appointed as a government official with the highest remuneration.  

Here we would like to share a few of his thoughts that may inspire the historians in you to study his works further. If you want to keep yourself updated with historical quotes, check our latest works on ancient quotes and Archimedes quotes.

Best Philosophical Quotes By Lucian

Nothing is known about how Lucian got educated. However, his art of rhetoric and knowledge of philosophy was found to be very deep and thought-provoking. Here we bring some of his philosophical quotes for you to check out.

1."The happy think a lifetime short, but to the unhappy one night can be an eternity."

― Lucian of Samosata.

2.“I see no reason for resigning my right to that inventive freedom which others enjoy; and, as I have no truth to put on record, having lived a very humdrum life, I fall back on falsehood--but falsehood of a more consistent variety; for I now make the only true statement you are to expect--that I am a liar.”

― Lucian of Samosata, 'True History And Lucius Or The Ass'.

3."Wise is the person at either end. Who can in due measure spare as well as spend."


4."It is not lawful or proper for you to know everything."

― Lucian of Samosata.

5.“Human life is under the absolute dominion of two mighty principles, fear and hope, and that anyone who can make these serve his ends may be sure of rapid fortune.”

― Lucian of Samosata.

6."Death is a mercy, and I have enough mercy to go around."

― Lucian of Samosata.

7."Now that I know what I want, I don't have to hold on to it quite so much."

― Lucian of Samosata.

Popular Lucian Quotes On Historians

Popular quotes and sayings on historians by Lucian.

Lucian was also famous for writing treatises on the well-known historians of those times. Historians like Herodotus and Thucydides works were addressed as parodies and treatises. Lucian used his works to mostly criticize the works by historian of his times. He was critical of the methodologies used by them and suggested that the historians should present the facts as they happened. Here we bring a few quotes from Lucian about how a historian should work.

8.“The only business of the historian is to relate things exactly as they are: this he can never do as long as he is afraid”

― Lucian of Samosata, Lucian's True History'.

9."The historian's one task is to tell the thing as it happened."

-H. W. Fowler and F. G. Fowler,'The Works Of Lucian Of Samosata.'

10. "How gracious are the gods in bestowing high positions; and how reluctant are they to insure them when given."

― Lucian of Samosata.

11."Let him be of a noble and liberal mind; let him neither fear nor hope for anything; otherwise he will only resemble those unjust judges who determine from partiality or prejudice, and give sentence for hire: but, whatever the man is, as such let him be described."

― Lucian of Samosata.

Interesting Philosopher Quotes By Lucian

Famous philosopher quotes that every historian must read

In his work 'The Fisherman Or The Dead Come To Life ', Lucian expresses his attempt at applying his knowledge of persuasion or rhetoric. However, he was disappointed by the work and hence became a philosopher. Here we bring a few good philosophy quotes from Lucian.

12."The subject matter is autobiographical, it's all to do with hope and memory and sensuality and involvement, really."

― Lucian of Samosata.

13."There is no happiness without tears, no life without death. Beware! I am going to make you cry."

― Lucian of Samosata.

14."I had little trouble in persuading them to descend from their elephants and follow me."


15."For history, I say again, has this and this only for its own: if a man will start upon it, he must sacrifice to no God but Truth."

― Lucian of Samosata.

16."Poverty persuades a man to do and suffer everything that he may escape from it."


17."The effort only shifted me from the frying-pan into the fire."


18."The truth is hidden from us. Even if a mere piece of luck brings us straight to it, we shall have no grounded conviction of our success."

― Lucian of Samosata.

19."Everybody dies. Some just need a little help."


20."The best mask for demoralization is daring."


21."The fellow had no conception of the blessings conferred by that book upon its readers, of the peace, tranquility, and independence of mind it produce."

— Lucian of Samosata

22."It’s for others to decide whether they want to get stuck in the past or whether they want to come on the journey."


23."I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate."


24."Don't you think, my friends, that one of these guys is milking a he-goat and the other putting a sieve underneath it?”

― Lucian of Samosata, 'The Works Of Lucian of Samosata'.

25."Dancing is as old as love."


26."First, then, I went to the Indians, the mightiest nation upon earth. "

—Lucian, 'The

27."Dreams are great magicians."

— Lucian, 'The Works of Lucian of Samosata'

28."But if you care to look into the matter, you will see that they are not much superior to you in that point."

― Lucian of Samosata

29."The wealth of the soul is the only true wealth."


30."The gods conceal from men the happiness of death, that they may endure life."


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