Socrates (/ˈsɒkrətiːz/; Greek: Σωκράτης [sɔːkrátɛːs], Sōkrátēs; 470/469 – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato's dialogues are among the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity, though it is unclear the degree to which Socrates himself is "hidden behind his 'best disciple', Plato". Through his portrayal in Plato's dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus. The latter remains a commonly used tool in a wide range of discussions, and is ... More
Socrates #Art #Friendship
Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
Socrates #Good #Marriage
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.
Socrates #Good #Wedding
My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy if not, you'll become a philosopher.
Socrates #Good #Life
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Socrates #Beauty #Beauty
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
Socrates #God #Life
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
Socrates #Best #God #Good #Religion
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
Socrates #Life #Wisdom
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
Socrates #Good #Power
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
Socrates #Men #Time
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
Socrates #Knowledge #Wisdom
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.