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Socrates quotes (34)
The shortest and surest way to live with honor 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 and experience of them.
Socrates Category: Practice
If all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stack in order to be equally distributed among the whole species those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of before that which would fall to them by such a division.
Socrates Category: Happiness
Virtue does not come from wealth but ... wealth and every other good thing which men have ... comes from virtue.
Socrates Category: Virtue
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
Socrates Category: Gravity
I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing.
Socrates Category: Expectation
See one promontory one mountain one sea one river and see all.
Socrates Category: River
He is not only idle who does nothing but he is idle who might be better employed.
Socrates Category: Work
As for me all I know is that I know nothing.
Socrates Category: Miracle
Bad men live to eat and drink whereas good men eat and drink in order to live.
Socrates Category: Gluttony
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways I go to die and you to live. Which is the better God only knows.
Socrates Category: Death
My belief is that to have no wants is divine.
Socrates Category: Want
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Socrates Category: Self
As to marriage or celibacy let a man take which course he will he will be sure to repent.
Socrates Category: Celibacy
There is only one good knowledge and one evil ignorance.
Socrates Category: If
I cannot teach anybody anything I can only make them think.
Socrates Category: Think
If a rich man is proud of his wealth he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
Socrates Category: Wealth
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
Isocrates Category: Unsorted
I am not an Athenian or a Greek but a citizen of the world.
Socrates Category: Citizen
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
Socrates Category: Friendship
Could I climb the highest place in Athens I would lift my voice and proclaim Fellow citizens why do you turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of your children to whom one day you must relinquish it all?
Socrates Category: Children
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.
Socrates Category: Advice
Of all our possessions wisdom alone is immortal.
Isocrates Category: Wisdom
If all our 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.
Socrates Category: Misfortunes
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
Socrates Category: False
To gain a good reputation endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Socrates Category: Desire
He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Socrates Category: Love
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
Socrates Category: Knowledge
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
Socrates Category: Improve
A man should inure himself to voluntary labor and not give up to indulgence and pleasure as they beget no good constitution of body nor knowledge of mind.
Socrates Category: Unsorted
Our prayers should be for blessings in general for God knows best what is good for us.
Socrates Category: Praise
And in knowing that you know nothing that makes you the smartest of all.
Socrates Category: Know
An unexamined life is not worth living.
Socrates Category: Life
Often when looking at a mass of things for sale he would say to himself How many things I have no need of!'
Socrates Category: Content
Crito I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt?
Socrates Category: Last