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  • If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won't be persuaded by me, taking it that I am ionizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable for a human being, you will be even less persuaded.
    (Socrates)

  • Some have courage in pleasures, and some in pains some in desires, and some in fears, and some are cowards under the same conditions.
    (Socrates)

  • 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.
    (Socrates)

  • 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)

  • I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.
    (Socrates)


  • 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.
    (Socrates)

  • Eat to live, not live to eat.
    (Socrates)

  • True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
    (Socrates)

  • Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
    (Socrates)

  • Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.
    (Socrates)

  • Be of good cheer about death, and know this of a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
    (Socrates)

  • Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
    (Socrates)

  • I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
    (Socrates)

  • To find yourself, think for yourself.
    (Socrates)

  • In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead the one being an innate desire of pleasure the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence.
    (Socrates)


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