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Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
of books distracts the mind.
Remember, no human condition
is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful
He is rich who is content with the least; for
contentment is the wealth of nature.
Contentment is natural
wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
Give me beauty in the
inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.
not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly
reprove thy faults.
Death may be the greatest of all human
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves
wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know.
For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen
to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest
of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know
what we do not know?
The hour of departure has arrived and
we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.
If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it
is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won't be persuaded by me, taking it that
I am ionizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being
to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking
about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable
for a human being, you will be even less persuaded.
therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear
that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances
to that truth.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not
to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
our wants the more we resemble the Gods.
False words are not
only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter
day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with
all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being
as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be...
those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome
by their misfortunes... those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not
desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober --
An education obtained with money is worse than
no education at all
Enjoy yourself -- it's later than you
The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt?
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue
firm and constant.
The nearest way to glory is to strive to
be what you wish to be thought to be.
The only good is knowledge
and the only evil is ignorance.
No man undertakes a trade
he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently
qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires.
All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have
to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
is unrepentant pleasure.
Call no man unhappy until he is married.
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.
Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
We are in
fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must
get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself.
It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon
which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead
and not in our lifetime.
One thing only I know, and that is
that I know nothing.
The end of life is to be like God, and
the soul following God will be like Him.
An unexamined life
is not worth living.
In childhood be modest, in youth temperate,
in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.
Nature has given
us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see
more than we speak.
The hottest love has the coldest end.
I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads
to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and
when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent
motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this
very violent motion, and is called love.
By all means marry.
If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will
become a philosopher.
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.
See one promontory,
one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.
seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to
philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying
I was really too honest a man to be a politician
How many are the things I can do without!
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm;
then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for
They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle
also who might be better employed.
The way to gain a good
reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there
is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known
how he employs it.
He who is not contented with what he has,
would not be contented with what he would like to have.
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes
and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul
Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them
To find yourself, think for yourself.
What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.
comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves,
and the world around us.
Well I am certainly wiser than this
man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but
he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious
of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small
extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.
your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come
easily by what others have labored hard for.
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