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    socrates Quotes

    The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
    — Socrates
    tags: live  world  honor 
     
    We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.
    — Socrates
    tags: desires  heart  soul  body  facts  wisdom 
     
    We shall be better, braver, and more active if we believe it right to look for what we don't know.
    — Socrates
    tags: believe  right 
     
    The greater the power that deigns to serve you, the more honor it demands of you.
    — Socrates
    tags: power  honor 
     
    I prefer to be refuted than to refute, for it is a greater good for oneself to be freed from the greatest evil than to free another.
    — Socrates
    tags: evil  oneself 
     
    What a lot of things I don't need.
    — Socrates
    The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.
    — Socrates
    tags: wisdom  definition 
     
    I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
    — Socrates
    tags: people  power  wishes 
     
    Fear of women love more than hate the man.
    — Socrates
    tags: fear  men  women  hate 
     
    By all implies marry if you get a great wife/husband, you are going to be pleased. If you get a bad a single, you are going to become a philosopher.
    — Socrates
    tags: bad  philosopher  marry 
     
    Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
    — Socrates
    tags: blessing  god  prayer 
     
    If all 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
    tags: people 
     
    To find yourself, think for yourself.
    — Socrates
    Get married, in any case. If you happen to get a good mate, you will be happy; if a bad one, you will become philosophical, which is a fine thing in itself.
    — Socrates
    tags: bad  philosophical 
     
    The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.
    — Socrates
    The years wrinkle our skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles our soul.
    — Socrates
    tags: soul  year 
     
    For this fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being the appearance of knowing the unknown; since no one knows whether death, which they in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good.
    — Socrates
    tags: death  evil  fear  knowing  real  wisdom 
     
    Exercise till the mind feels delight in reposing from the fatigue.
    — Socrates
    tags: mind  exercise 
     
    The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
    — Socrates
    tags: god  poet 
     
    Wealth does not bring about excellence (aka areté), but excellence (aka areté) brings about wealth and all other public and private blessings for men.
    — Socrates
    The more I learn, the less I realize I know.
    — Socrates
    tags: learn 
     
    An envious man waxeth lean with the fatness of his neighbors. Envy is the daughter of pride, the author of murder and revenge, the beginner of secret sedition and the perpetual tormentor of virtue. Envy is the filthy slime of the soul; a venom, a poison, or quicksilver which consumeth the flesh and drieth up the marrow of the bones.
    — Socrates
    There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.
    — Socrates
    tags: friends 
     
    No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training... what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.
    — Socrates
    tags: beauty  men  body  right  seeing  strength 
     
    Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
    — Socrates
    tags: people  live  worth 
     
    The rest of the world lives to eat, while I eat to live.
    — Socrates
    tags: live  world 
     
    What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
    — Socrates
    tags: men 
     
    Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
    — Socrates
    tags: action  praise 
     
    If one knows what is right, he will do it; nobody wants to be evil
    — Socrates
    tags: evil  right 
     
    The greatest flood has the soonest ebb; the sorest tempest the most sudden calm; the hottest love the coldest end; and from the deepest desire oftentimes ensues the deadliest hate.
    — Socrates
    tags: desires  hate 
     
    They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.
    — Socrates
    A man should inure himself to voluntary labor, and not give up to indulgence and pleasure, as they beget no good constitution of body nor knowledge of mind.
    — Socrates
    tags: men  body  pleasure  mind 
     
    The wise man seeks death all his life, and for this reason death is not terrifying to him.
    — Socrates
    tags: death  men  wise 
     
    Are you not ashamed of your eagerness to possess as much wealth, reputation, and honors as possible, while you do not care for nor give thought to wisdom or truth, or the best possible state of your soul?
    — Socrates
    tags: truth  thoughts  care  wisdom  wealth  honor 
     
    Laws are not made for the good.
    — Socrates
    tags: law 
     
    Is there anyone to whom you entrust a greater number of serious matters than your wife? And is there anyone with whom you have fewer conversations?
    — Socrates
    A multitude of books distracts the mind.
    — Socrates
    tags: mind  book 
     
    I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
    — Socrates
    tags: beautiful  god  pray 
     
    Be true to thine own self.
    — Socrates
    tags: self  true 
     
    It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
    — Socrates
    tags: living 
     
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