- Cicero (the most glorious orator of ancient Rome):
"If the gods speak, they sure use the Greek language".
- Huan Azio (Basque senator):
"Through the internationalization of the Greek language, we have great responsibility, as there is no another language as superior".
- Errieta Valter (French linguist):
"The Greek language is the only one in Europe that did not succumb to any occupation".
- Wandruska (Professor of Linguistics, Univ. Vienna):
"European languages seem as dialects of the Greek."
- Sagredo and Puhana (Basques Hellenists):
"The Greek language and culture constitutes the foundation of Western civilization. But all Europeans are, due to Greece".
- M. Ventris ("English scientist who deciphered Linear B script"):
"The ancient Greek language was and is the superior of all older and newer languages."
- U. Wilamowitz (German philologist):
"The Greek race, superior to any other, is the mother of every culture".
"May the Greek language be common for all people."
- Var. Goeger (German wise):
"The European culture starts from Greece."
- Goethe (a leading German poet):
"Greece is the mind and heart of the universe."
- USSR Academy of Sciences, "World History":
"Without the foundation set by the Greeks there wouldn't be the youngest European civilization. The Greek literature is the oldest of Europe."
- Hellen Keler (the famous blind American author):
"As the violin is the most perfect musical instrument, so is the Greek language."
- H.F. Kitto (England University professor):
"All branches of literature and science begin with the Greeks. The Greek language is the purest and the richest in the world."
- Irina Kovaleva (Professor of Rossidi University of Moscow):
"The Greek language is beautiful as the sky with the stars."
- Maurice Krauze (French Academy):
"People will always refer to the sources of Greek classical antiquity to cool off."
- Furtvengler (Vienna University professor):
"Rome was one eternal city, but Athens is a whole world."
"The knowledge of the Greek language is the essential foundation of high cultural cultivation".
"The values of Greek Culture remain inaccessible standards."
- Bernard Shaw (Irish writer):
"If your library does not have works of ancient Greek authors, then you live in a house without light."
- Martin Heidegger (philosopher):
"For the Greeks, their highest dowry is their language in which the presence of (philosophical term) as such, reaches coverage. Anyone who can not see the donation of such a gift to man and anyone who can't understand the destination of such a destiny, can't understand the plea of the destination - he, as natural blind, can't understand what is light and color."
"The ancient Greek is not just a language, but THE 'Language'."
- Werner Heisenberg (German physicomathematician-philosopher):
"My service in the Greek language was the most important of my spiritual exercisable. In this language there is as complete correspondence between the word and the conceptual content".
- Marianne McDonald (the architect of TLG):
"The Language of Liberty, the glorious treasure of Greece, the Glory of Greece, belongs to us all and has formed the scientific and literary heritage of the Western world. [...] The history of the Greek language is the history of the philosophical and cultural development of the Western man. From all human creations, the Greek language is the most amazing. The knowledge of the Greek language, life and relationships in which the Greeks expressed their thoughts and feelings, is essentially representative data for a high culture. There is no more beautiful language than the Greek. It has retained its beauty over the centuries, not only in the form and sounds but also the ethical ideas expressed.
[...] The Greeks have given us the golden measure and their golden tongue. [...] The Greek language should be perpetuated as a precious and beautiful treasure. [...] We have to start a new crusade in defense of the Greek language and the preservation of its historical memory of the past. The Greek language is a solid building as the Parthenon is. [...] Let us all work together to brighten the treasure of the Greek Language and to make it property available across the world."
- G. Murray (Professor of the Greek Language at the University of Oxford):
"The Greek is the perfect language. Often one finds that a thought can be made with ease and grace in Greek, and becomes difficult and heavily in Latin, English, French or German. It is the perfect language because it expresses the thoughts of the best people."
- T.L. Heath (British mathematician):
"The Greek language was offered in an excellent manner as a vehicle of scientific thought. One of the main features of the language of Euclid is the admirable precision. The language of the Greeks is also wonderfully comprehensive. To Archimedes, Heron, Ptolemy and Pappo, we will find truly comprehensive standards of statements".
- Huan Puhana Arza (Bask Hellenist):
"The Greek tongues clarity, the perfectness, the flexibility and the richness of it all more, prevails any other language and is capable of creating and developing all the rest of civilization, and all different exist due to this alone (the Greek language, that is)."
"The ancient Greek language had superiority and still has, towards all newer languages and, why not, towards all the Latin, German or Slavic. This tool is the perfect spiritual tool ever forged the human intellect."
- Jean Bouffartigue and Anne-Marie Delrieu (French lexicographers):
"Far source of our civilization, Greece, is alive in the words we say. It forms our language every day. The foundations and the equipment of the scientific vocabulary came from Greece, even in antiquity. The loans however continued, and not just from habit. They continued, because the Greek language offered admirably, much more than Latin, for the creation of words as needed.
The Greek language no longer provided enough words for the growing number of new concepts. There was then the idea to use the methods applied by the Greeks to increase their vocabulary. The structure of their language allowed them to compose words with an efficient way. Imitating the Greeks, they built a new word , then turned it in their own language (French, English, German, Italian). Imitation most often is successful because the manufacturers of Greek words are excellent Hellenists".
- H.F. Kitto (British university professor Bristol):
"It's in the nature of the Greek language to be precise, clean and clear. The ambiguity and lack of direct vission, featuring sometimes English and German, is completely foreign to the Greek language. Along with this clarity and creativity and severity, we also find sensitivity and impeccable elegance."
- Albert Zursen:
"No one can be mentioned in the Greek letters, without mentioning that the itself language, is one of the most beautiful of those ever spoken by people, is still living today in the scientific terminology of our time, giving us an inexhaustible source of new terms."
- W. Thompson (Professor of Natural History at the University of St. Andrews):
"There are people who say that the Greek language is not needed. Indeed, there are people for whom the Greek lng. could not do anything. But there will still be many others, which in Greek wisdom and in the sweet Greek language they discover something that they need and that without it they would feel really poor: something that is like the stick in a blind hand, in the light path, like a lighthouse- guide ... and when someone asks them why they are dealing with the Greek language, it is likely that they will stay speechless in front of the monstrous insult of the question and the reason for their dedication will be forever hidden from the questioner."
- Edward Gibbon (British historian):
"The Byzantines were still holding the golden key that could unlock the treasures of antiquity: the music and the rich Greek language that gives soul in the objects of the senses and body to the abstract concepts of philosophy."
- Mary Shelley:
"The language of the Greeks, in variety, simplicity, flexibility and precision exceeds any other."
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:
"I heard the Saint Peter's in Rome the Gospel in all languages. The Greek stood out, as a glowing star in the night."
- Friedrich Nietzsche ("The Birth of Tragedy", chap. XV, 1872):
"Proven in each period of its evolution, the Western European civilization tried to free himself from the Greeks. This effort is imbued with deep resentment, because whatever (Western Europeans) created, seemingly original and worthy of admiration, was losing color and life in comparison with the Greek model, it shrunk, ultimately ended up looking like a cheap copy, like a caricature. So again and again a rage soaked with hatred erupts against the Greeks, against this small and arrogant nation that had the nerve to call barbarian (for each season) what had not been created in its territory.
But who, finally, are those whose historic splendor was so fleeting, their institutions are so limited, their manners from dubious to unacceptable, and who require an excellent position among the nations, a position above the crowd? None of the recurrent enemies had not the good fortune to discover the hemlock, with which we could once and for all get rid of them. All poisons of envy, hubris, hatred, have been insufficient to disrupt their wonderful beauty.
So people continue to feel shame and fear of the Greeks. Of course, now and then, someone appears who recognizes intact the truth, the truth which teaches that the Greeks are the charioteers of each oncoming civilization and almost always as the chariots and horses of upcoming cultures are very poor compared with the charioteers (Greeks), who eventually sporty driving the chariot into the abyss, which they surpass with Achilles leap. "
In a world where for more than two decades of centuries the JudeoChristian tradition has been proclaiming as the supreme ethical law of humanity, a severe and primitive group of "Ten Commandments", the rediscovery and reevaluation of more perfect ancient law, based on higher cultural standards, is definitely bound to create some questions not easy to answer.
The most important of them already stands in front of us :
How can one believe that the "Ten Commandments" represent the direct words of God to Man kind when the Hellenic Commandments of the 7 Wise Men express a higher concept and more realistic vision of Ethical law?
Think about it .
From the 6th Century ag it was used as a first school book.
The Commandments of the seven wise men is one of the didactic ancient Hellenic texts that have been preserved by the philological tradition.
(The seven wise men of antiquity are: Thalis of Miletus, Pittakus of Mytilene, Solon of Athens, Bias of Priens, Cleoboulos of Rhodes, Chilon of Sparta and Periander of Corinth).
It was printed for the first time in Venice by Aldus Manutius in 1495.
Nobody, from the Renaissance down to 1966, really believed that this collections of Delphic Commandment originated from the text of the early and famous inscription which once stood in the most holy Pythian shrine at Delphi.