“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
“I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
“Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
“I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
“Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
“Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
“When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
“I thought to myself, 'I am wiser than this man neither of us knows anything that is really worthwhile, but he thinks he has knowledge when he has not, while I, having no knowledge, do not think that I have. I seem, at any rate, to be a little wiser than he is on this point I do not think that I know what I do not know.
“Wind buffs up empty bladders; opinion, fools.
ancient Athenian philosopher; teacher of Plato and Xenophon (470-399 BC)
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