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    Improve yourself by other men's writings thus attaining effortlessly what they acquired through great difficulty.
    — Socrates
    tags: writing 
     
    Who knows if to live is to be dead, and to be dead, to live? And we really, it may be, are dead; in fact I once heard sages say that we are now dead, and the body is our tomb ...
    — Socrates
    tags: live  sage  body  facts 
     
    I am quite ready to acknowledge . . . that I ought to be grieved at death, if I were not persuaded that I am going to other gods who are wise and good (of this I am as certain as I can be of any such matters), and to men departed who are better than those whom I leave behind. And therefore I do not grieve as I might have done, for I have good hope that there is yet something remaining for the dead.
    — Socrates
    tags: death  men  god  wise  hope 
     
    To fear death is nothing other than to think oneself wise when one is not. For it is to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not even turn out to be the greatest blessings of human beings. And yet people fear it as if they knew for certain it is the greatest evil.
    — Socrates
    tags: death  evil  fear  people  human  oneself  blessing  wise 
     
    I am a Citizen of the World, and my Nationality is Goodwill.
    — Socrates
    tags: world 
     
    Obligation sends the children to bed on time, but love tucks the covers in around their necks and passes out kisses and hugs. Yesterday is about experience; tomorrow is about hope; today is about transitioning from one to the other. The happiest people on earth don't have the best of everything... they make the best of everything I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
    — Socrates
    The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.
    — Socrates
    tags: live 
     
    Aren't you ashamed to be concerned so much about making all the money you can and advancing your reputation and prestige, while for truth and wisdom and the improvement of your souls you have no thought or car?
    — Socrates
    If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.
    — Socrates
    To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.
    — Socrates
    I soon realized that poets do not compose their poems with knowledge, but by some inborn talent and by inspiration, like seers and prophets who also say many fine things without any understanding of what they say.
    — Socrates
    I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence.
    — Socrates
    tags: living  soul  existence 
     
    The soul is pure when it leaves the body and drags nothing bodily with it, by virtue of having no willing association with the body in life but avoiding it.......Practicing philosophy in the right way is a training to die easily.
    — Socrates
    tags: soul  body  right  virtue  die  philosophy 
     
    A man can no more make a safe use of wealth without reason than he can of a horse without a bridle.
    — Socrates
    tags: men  wealth 
     
    May I consider the wise man rich, and may I have such wealth as only the self-restrained man can bear or endure.
    — Socrates
    tags: men  wise  wealth 
     
    If you will be guided by me, you will make little account of Socrates, and much more of truth.
    — Socrates
    tags: truth 
     
    I alone know I am wise because I alone know I know nothing.
    — Socrates
    tags: alone  wise 
     
    Either I do not corrupt the young or, if I do, it is unwillingly.
    — Socrates
    tags: young  corrupt 
     
    One ought not to return injustice, nor do evil to anybody in the world, no matter what one may have suffered from them.
    — Socrates
    tags: evil  world 
     
    The soul, like the body, accepts by practice whatever habit one wishes it to contact.
    — Socrates
    tags: soul  body  wishes 
     
    The invention of writing will produce forgetfulness in the minds of those who learn to use it, because they will not practice their memory. Their trust in writing, produced by external characters which are no part of themselves, will discourage the use of their own memory within them. You have invented an elixir not of memory, but of reminding; and you offer your pupils the appearance of wisdom, not true wisdom.
    — Socrates
    Wonder is the beginning of all wisdom.
    — Socrates
    tags: wonder  wisdom 
     
    What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?
    — Socrates
    tags: young  law  wild  morals  parent 
     
    Men of Athens, I honor and love you; but I shall obey God rather than you, and while I have life and strength I shall never cease from the practice and teaching of philosophy.
    — Socrates
    If I can assign names as well as pictures to objects, the right assignment of them we may call truth, and the wrong assignment of them falsehood.
    — Socrates
    tags: truth  right  wrong 
     
    Nothing very new. By taking good care of yourselves you are of service to me and my family as well as yourselves, no matter what you do, even if you don't think so at present. But if you neglect yourselves and are unwilling to live, as though following tracks, in accordance with what we now say and have said in the past too, then no matter how much or how seriously you agree with me at present you will accomplish next to nothing.
    — Socrates
    tags: live  past  present  service  care  neglect 
     
    As for me, all I know is I know nothing.
    — Socrates
    It seems that God took away the minds of poets that they might better express His.
    — Socrates
    tags: god  mind  poet 
     
    Listen not to a tale-bearer or slanderer, for he tells thee nothing out of good-will; but as he discovereth of the secrets of others, so he will of thine in turn.
    — Socrates
    tags: secret 
     
    The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
    — Socrates
    tags: true  knowing  wisdom 
     
    The more I know, the more I know that I don't know.
    — Socrates
    Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.
    — Socrates
    tags: men  live  bad 
     
    Serenity, regularity, absence of vanity,Sincerity, simplicity, veracity, equanimity, Fixity, non-irritability, adaptability, Humility, tenacity, integrity, nobility, magnanimity, charity, generosity, purity. Practise daily these eighteen "ities" You will soon attain immortality.
    — Socrates
    Trust not a woman when she weeps, for it is her nature to weep when she wants her will.
    — Socrates
    tags: nature  women  trust 
     
    When a woman is allowed to become a man's equal, she becomes his superior.
    — Socrates
    tags: women 
     
    The same wind is blowing, and yet one of us may be cold and the other not.
    — Socrates
    How many things I can do without!
    — Socrates
    The partisan when he is engaged in a dispute, cares nothing about the rights of the question, but is anxious only to convince his hearers of his own assertions.
    — Socrates
    tags: right  care  questions 
     
    Often when looking at a mass of things for sale, he would say to himself, 'How many things I have no need of!'
    — Socrates
    Why do you wonder that globetrotting does not help you, seeing that you always take yourself with you? The reason that set you wandering is ever at your heels.
    — Socrates
    tags: wonder  help  seeing 
     
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    socrates
    Birth    : 471 BC
    Death  : 399 BC
    Occupation  : Philosopher

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