He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
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.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
There are a great many of these accusers, and they have been accusing me now for a great many years, and what is more, they approached you at the most impressionable age, when some of you were children or adolescents; and literally won their case by default, because there was no one to defend me.
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.
No one can teach, if by teaching we mean the transmission of knowledge, in any mechanical fashion, from one person to another. The most that can be done is that one person who is more knowledgeable than another can, by asking a series of questions, stimulate the other to think, and so cause him to learn for himself.
I shall never fear or avoid things of which I do not know...
The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen.
In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
Do it because it's in your heart. Not because you want something in return. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
Those then who know not wisdom and virtue, and are always busy with gluttony and sensuality, go down and up again as far as the mean; and in this region they move at random throughout life, but they never pass into the true upper world; thither they neither look, nor do they ever find their way, neither are they truly filled with true being, nor do they ever taste of pure and abiding pleasure.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
What most counts is not merely to live, but to live right.
Awareness of ignorance is the beginning of wisdom.
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
Nobody knows anything, but I, knowing nothing, am the smartest man in the world.
An unexamined life is a life of no account.
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. For a man who claims to have knowledge, while actually knowing nothing, is less smarter than you, who claim to know nothing.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is a habit.
I call myself a Peaceful Warrior... because the battles we fight are on the inside
Is it not, then, better to be ridiculous and friendly than clever and hostile?
There are two kinds of disease of the soul, vice and ignorance.
Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth
No citizen has any right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training; it is part of his profession as a citizen to keep himself in good condition... [It is] a disgrace for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and the strength of which his body is capable.
A system of morality that is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception that has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
My belief is that to have no wants is divine.
In every person there is a sun. Just let them shine.
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.