Socrates

ancient Athenian philosopher; teacher of Plato and Xenophon (470-399 BC)

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And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.
As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.
Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
By all means marry if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.
By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher… and that is a good thing for any man.
By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.
Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.
Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
He is richest who is content with the least.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. (Plato's Apology)
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
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.
I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
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.
If a rich man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
My advice to you is get married if you find a good wife youll be happy if not, youll become a philosopher.
My belief is that to have no wants is divine.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.
People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.
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.
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.
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
Science says 'We must live,' and seeks the means of prolonging, increasing, facilitating and amplifying life, of making it tolerable and acceptable, wisdom says 'We must die,' and seeks how to make us die well.
See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like him.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.
The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.
The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
Thou shouldst eat to live not live to eat.
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.
Virtue does not come from wealth, but. . . wealth, and every other good thing which men have. . . comes from virtue.
We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.
When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
Wind buffs up empty bladders; opinion, fools.
Wisdom begins in wonder.

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