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Socrates Quotes


Ancient Greek philosopher who is widely credited for laying the foundation for Western philosophy.
(c. 470 BC - 399 BC)

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A multitude of books distracts the mind.
 

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.
 

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
[Immortality]
 

An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.
 

An honest man is always a child.
 

An unexamined life is not worth living.
 

And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.
 

Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?
 

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
[Knowledge]
 

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

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.
 

Be as you wish to seem.
 

Be of good cheer about death, and know this of a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.
[Death]
 

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
[Art]
 

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
[Beauty]
 

Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
[Beauty]
 

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
 

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.
 

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.
 

By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful.
 


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