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    Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially.
    — 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
    tags: time  die  god 
     
    All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
    — Socrates
    tags: soul  divine  immortal 
     
    Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
    — Socrates
    tags: anger 
     
    The understanding of mathematics is necessary for a sound grasp of ethics.
    — Socrates
    All things in moderation, including moderation.
    — Socrates
    Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
    — Socrates
    tags: justice 
     
    It is better to make a mistake with full force of your being than to carefully avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit.
    — Socrates
    tags: mistakes  spirit 
     
    The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.
    — Socrates
    tags: god 
     
    When you want success as badly as you want the air, then you will get it. There is no other secret of success.
    — Socrates
    tags: secret  success 
     
    It is not difficult to avoid death. It is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death.
    — Socrates
    tags: death 
     
    There is but one evil, ignorance.
    — Socrates
    tags: evil  ignorance 
     
    Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
    — Socrates
    tags: men  women 
     
    Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.
    — Socrates
    tags: men  conscious  ignorance 
     
    When our feet hurt, we hurt all over.
    — Socrates
    tags: hurt 
     
    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
    Let us follow the truth whither so ever it leads.
    — Socrates
    tags: truth 
     
    Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
    — Socrates
    tags: desires 
     
    To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
    — 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
    There is no difference between knowledge and temperance; for he who knows what is good and embraces it, who knows what is bad and avoids it, is learned and temperate.
    — Socrates
    tags: bad 
     
    By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful.
    — Socrates
    tags: beauty  beautiful 
     
    I know that I know nothing.
    — Socrates
    The soul then, as being immortal, and having been born again many times, and having seen all things that exist, whether in this world or in the world below, has knowledge of them all . . . all enquiry and all learning is but recollection.
    — Socrates
    tags: time  world  soul  immortal  learning 
     
    My divine sign indicates the future to me.
    — Socrates
    tags: future  divine 
     
    Such as thy words are, such will thy affections be esteemed; and such will thy deeds be as thy affections and such thy life as thy deeds.
    — Socrates
    Follow the argument wherever it leads.
    — Socrates
    Be of good cheer about death and know this as a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death
    — Socrates
    tags: death  evil  truth  men 
     
    The reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
    — Socrates
    tags: body  service  wealth 
     
    It was far too cold. The second I got out I had this incredible headache, I'm just not used to it. The last time I saw snow was years and years ago.
    — Socrates
    tags: time  year 
     
    True perfection is a bold quest to seek. Only the willing and true of heart will seek the betterment of many.
    — Socrates
    tags: heart  true  perfection 
     
    I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.
    — Socrates
    'Wars, factions, and fighting,' said Socrates as he looked forward from his last hour, 'have no other origin than this same body and its lusts... We must set the soul free from it; we must behold things as they are. And having thus got rid of the foolishness of the body, we shall be pure and hold converse with the pure, and shall in our own selves have complete knowledge of the Incorruptible which is, I take it, no other than the very truth.
    — Socrates
    tags: truth  self  soul  lust  body  fighting  war 
     
    I only know that I know nothing
    — Socrates
    I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.
    — Socrates
    Every action has its pleasures and its price.
    — Socrates
    tags: action  pleasure 
     
    [N]either in war nor yet at law ought any man to use every way of escaping death. For often in battle there is no doubt that if a man will throw away his arms, and fall on his knees before his pursuers, he may escape death; and in other dangers there are other ways of escaping death, if a man is willing to say and do anything. The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs faster than death.
    — Socrates
    tags: death  men  friends  law  doubt  danger  battle  war 
     
    God desired to be the real maker of a real bed, not a particular maker of a particular bed, and therefore He created a bed which is essentially and by nature one only.
    — Socrates
    tags: nature  real  god 
     
    A painter will paint a cobbler, carpenter, or any other artist, though he knows nothing of their arts; and, if he is a good artist, he may deceive children or simple persons, when he shows them his picture of a carpenter from a distance, and they will fancy that they are looking at a real carpenter.
    — Socrates
    tags: children  child  real  artist 
     
    Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.
    — Socrates
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    socrates
    Birth    : 471 BC
    Death  : 399 BC
    Occupation  : Philosopher

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