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  • 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)

  • One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
    (Socrates)

  • Virtue is the beauty, and vice the deformity, of the soul.
    (Socrates)

  • 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)

  • If a rich man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
    (Socrates)


  • Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
    (Socrates)

  • 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)

  • The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness for that runs faster than death.
    (Socrates)

  • To gain a good reputation, endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
    (Socrates)

  • Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.
    (Socrates)

  • Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
    (Socrates)

  • Whom do I call educated First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be... those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes... those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober -- minded men.
    (Socrates)

  • The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.
    (Socrates)

  • Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
    (Socrates)

  • The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.
    (Socrates)


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