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Socrates

Socrates (c.470 BC - 399 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher who is widely credited for laying the foundation for Western philosophy.
Found 100 thoughts of Socrates

By all means get married, If you get a good wife you'll become happy; If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher

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The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

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Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.

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You are providing for your disciples a show of wisdom without the reality. For, acquiring by your means much information unaided by instruction, they will appear to possess much knowledge, while, in fact, they will, for the most part, know nothing at all; and, moreover, be disagreeable people to deal with, as having become wise in their own conceit, instead of truly wise.

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True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

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Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

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He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

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I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

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He is richest who is content with the least.

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Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.

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

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Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

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The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

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

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If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.

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Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.

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Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.

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

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I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

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Wind buffs up empty bladders; opinion, fools.

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There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

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The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.

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Man's life is like a drop of dew on a leaf.

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Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.

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They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.

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