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  • 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)

  • But already it is time to depart, for me to die, for you to go on living which of us takes the better course, is concealed from anyone except God.
    (Socrates)

  • As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
    (Socrates)

  • He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.
    (Socrates)

  • The unexamined life is not worth living.
    (Socrates)


  • Call no man unhappy until he is married.
    (Socrates)

  • You think that upon the score of fore-knowledge and divining I am infinitely inferior to the swans. When they perceive approaching death they sing more merrily than before, because of the joy they have in going to the God they serve.
    (Socrates)

  • In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.
    (Socrates)

  • And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.
    (Socrates)

  • I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
    (Socrates)

  • Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.
    (Socrates)

  • We too must endure and persevere in the inquiry, and then courage will not laugh at our faintheartedness in searching for courage which after all may, very likely, be endurance.
    (Socrates)

  • Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
    (Socrates)

  • The Ancient oracle said I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.
    (Socrates)

  • Give me beauty in the inward soul may the outward and the inward man be at one.
    (Socrates)


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