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Socrates Quotes

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
- Socrates

Related topics: Wisdom Values

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

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

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

 

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- Socrates

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

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.
- Socrates

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The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

He is richest who is content with the least.
- Socrates

Ordinary people 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 and death.
- Socrates

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.
- Socrates

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates PHOTO

Worthless people live only to eat and drink;
people of worth eat and drink only to live.
- Socrates

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize
how little we understand about life,
ourselves, and the world around us.
- Socrates

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi) PHOTO

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

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
- Socrates

I know that I am intelligent,
because I know that I know nothing.
- Socrates

One who is injured ought not to return the injury,
for on no account can it be right to do an injustice;
and it is not right to return an injury,
or to do evil to any man,
however much we have suffered from him.
- Socrates

The shortest and surest way to
live with honor in the world,
is to be in reality
what we would appear to be.
- Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

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

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

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

He is a man of courage who does not run away,
but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
- Socrates

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

Our prayers should be for blessings in general,
for God knows best what is good for us.
- Socrates

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings,
so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
- Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
- Socrates

The end of life is to be like God,
and the soul following God will be like Him.
- Socrates

I decided that it was not wisdom that
enabled poets to write their poetry,
but a kind of instinct or inspiration,
such as you find in seers and prophets
who deliver all their sublime messages
without knowing in the least what they mean.
- Socrates

False words are not only evil in themselves,
but they infect the soul with evil.
- Socrates

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

All men's souls are immortal,
but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
- Socrates

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

Treat those who are good with goodness,
and also treat those who are not good with goodness.
Thus goodness is attained.
Be honest to those who are honest,
and be also honest to those who are not honest.
Thus honesty is attained.
- Lao Tzu

We should not pretend to understand
the world only by the intellect;
we apprehend it just as much by feeling.
Therefore, the judgment of the intellect is,
at best, only the half of truth, and must, if it be honest,
also come to an understanding of its inadequacy.
- Carl Jung

It is a fine thing to be honest,
but it is also very important to be right.
- Winston Churchill

"Mother Teresa Prayer"
People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
... Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you
of selfish, ulterior motives;
... Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some
false friends and some true enemies;
... Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
... Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
... Build anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
... Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
... Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
... Give the world the best you've got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;
It was never between you and them anyway.
We can do no great things - only small things with great love.
- although commonly attributed to Mother Teresa,
who kept a copy of this prayer on
the wall of her Calcutta orphanage,
this prayer was actually written by Kent Keith.

Only good comes from being honest and true.
Only harm and suffering cone from falsehood.
It doesn't always feel as if good comes from truth and honesty,
but, in the long run, it does.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The world is moved along, not only
by the mighty shoves of its heroes,
but also by the aggregate of tiny pushes
of each honest worker.
- Helen Keller

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear,
an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring,
all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
- Leo Buscaglia

You are Never Too Old to Give or Get Gold Stars.
Show Your Honest Appreciation - Today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Give your time and efforts freely or not at all.
When you are tempted to say,
"Oh, if I have to, I'll skip my golf game
and watch my daughter play soccer," don't do it.
Either generate the heart-felt emotion
to make the free-will gift,
"I'd love to watch your game today, Sandy,"
or the honesty to decline the request gracefully.
Martyrdom doesn't create happiness
for any of the parties involved.
An honest, "No" is preferable to a coerced "Yes."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dumbo! C'mon, fly! Open them ears!
The magic feather was just a gag!
You can fly! Honest, you can!
- Timothy Q. Mouse in the movie Dumbo

Give Honest and Sincere Appreciation.
- Dale Carnegie

Would you want to do business with a person who was 99% honest?
- Sydney Madwed

Honest disagreement is often a good sign of progress.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

I asked my daughter when she was 16,
What's the buzz on the street with the kids? She's going,
to be honest, Dad, most of my friends aren't into Kiss.
But they've all been told that it's the greatest show on Earth.
- Ace Frehley

A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of
labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil.
- Grover Cleveland

Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that,
once it is competently programmed and working smoothly,
it is completely honest.
- Isaac Asimov

Ninety eight percent of the adults in this country are decent,
hardworking, honest Americans.
It's the other lousy two percent that get all the publicity.
But then, we elected them.
- Lily Tomlin

In modern business it is not the crook who is to be feared most,
it is the honest man who doesn't know what he is doing.
- William Wordsworth

Marrying for love may be a bit risky,
but it is so honest that God can't help but smile on it.
- Josh Billings

Marriage is a gamble, let's be honest.
- Yoko Ono

You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those who can
do nothing for them or to them.
- Malcolm S. Forbes

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

Trust men and they will be true to you;
treat them greatly and they will show themselves great.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

We should not let our response to
the people who disagree with us
be dictated by what they say about us
or even how they treat people we care for.
There has to be a chance that we can find love.
- William J. Clinton

Beginning today, treat everyone you meet
as if they were going to be dead by midnight.
Extend to them all the care,
kindness and understanding you can muster,
and do with no thought of any reward.
Your life will never be the same again.
- Og Mandino

The world is incomprehensible.
We won't ever understand it;
we won't ever unravel its secrets.
Thus we must treat the world as it is:
a sheer mystery.
- Carlos Castaneda

The formula for achieving a successful relationship is simple:
you should treat all disasters as if they were trivialities
but never treat a triviality as if it were a disaster.
- Quentin Crisp

Treat the earth well,
It was not given to you by your parents,
It was loaned to you by your children.
- Native American Proverb

I am fond of pigs.
Dogs look up to us.
Cats look down on us.
Pigs treat us as equals.
- Winston Churchill

Man tends to treat all of his opinions as principles.
- Herbert Sebastian Agar


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