4.27.2009

The wisdom of Socrates (469 BC - 399 BC)

By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. As for me, all I know is that I know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them. The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

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

He is richest who is content with the least.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

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

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.

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