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 Socrates Quotes 

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Education is the kindling kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. vessel.

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm firm and constant.

If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. forever. Your mind is your predicament. predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount amount of pretending pretending will alter alter that reality.

When the debate is lost, slander slander becomes the tool of the loser.

I examined the poets, and I look on look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort sort

Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, transitory, the other perpetual. perpetual.

We can easily forgive a child who is afraid afraid of the dark; the real tragedy tragedy of life is when men are afraid afraid of the light.

Beware Beware the barrenness barrenness of a busy life.

No man has the right to be an amateur amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. capable.

If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame tame one, you can tame tame all.

In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild beast nature, which peers peers out in sleep.

If all our misfortunes misfortunes were laid in one common heap heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart. depart.

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 sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.

Regard Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed possessed of for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled kindled it you may easily preserve preserve it, but if you once extinguish extinguish it, you will find it an arduous arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavor endeavor to be what you desire to appear. appear.

Think not those faithful who praise all thy thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove reprove thy thy faults.

Esteemed Esteemed friend, citizen of Athens, the greatest city in the world, so outstanding in both intelligence and power, aren't you ashamed ashamed to care so much to make all the money you can, and to advance your reputation and prestige prestige while for truth and wisdom and the improvement of your soul you have no care or worry? worry?

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled enabled [poets] to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. mean.

God takes away takes away the minds of poets, and uses them as his ministers, as he also uses diviners diviners and holy prophets, in order that we who hear them may know them to be speaking not of themselves who utter utter these priceless words in a state of unconsciousness, but that God himself is the speaker, and that through them he is conversing conversing with us.

There is no greater evil evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable reasonable discourse. discourse.

For the poet is a light and winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses, and the mind is no longer in him: when he has not attained to this state, he is powerless and is unable unable to utter utter his oracles.

It is better to change an opinion opinion than to persist persist in a wrong one.

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

A system of morality which is based on based on relative emotional values is a mere mere illusion, illusion, a thoroughly thoroughly vulgar vulgar conception conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.

Such as thy thy words are such will thine affections affections be esteemed esteemed and such as thine affections affections will be thy thy deeds deeds and such as thy thy deeds deeds will be thy thy life ...

I desire only to know the truth, and to live as well as I can... And, to the utmost of my power, I exhort exhort all other men to do the same... I exhort exhort you also to take part take part in the great combat, combat, which is the combat combat of life, and greater than every other earthly conflict. conflict.

Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue undue elation in prosperity, prosperity, or undue undue depression depression in adversity. adversity.

Do you feel no compunction, compunction, Socrates, at having followed a line of action which puts you in danger of the death penalty?

Would that the majority could inflict inflict the greatest evils, for they would then be capable capable of the greatest good, and that would be fine, but now they cannot do either. They cannot make a man either wise or foolish, but they inflict inflict things haphazardly. haphazardly.

Man's greatest privilege privilege is the discussion of virtue" virtue" Socrates in The Apology.

We approach approach truth only inasmuch inasmuch as we depart depart from life. For what do we, who love truth, strive strive after in life? To free ourselves from the body, and from all the evil evil that is caused by the life of the body! If so, then how can we fail to be glad glad when death comes to us

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