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  One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.  
 -  Socrates
  

  My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  If a man would move the world, he must first move himself.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

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

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

  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.  
 -  Socrates
  

  A multitude of books distracts the mind.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  To find yourself, think for yourself.  
 -  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
  

  How many are the things I can do without!  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Remember - no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Enjoy yourself - it is later than you think.  
 -  Socrates
  

  I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

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

  Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?  
 -  Socrates
  

  Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The unexamined life is not worth living.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Call no man unhappy until he is married.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Envy is the ulcer of the soul.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Force is of no use to make or preserve a friend, who is an animal that is never caught nor tamed but by kindness and pleasure.  
 -  Socrates
  

  If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.  
 -  Socrates
  

  I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.  
 -  Socrates
  

  When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Every action has its pleasures and its price.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.  
 -  Socrates
  

  There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Nothing is to be preferred before justice.  
 -  Socrates
  

  In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

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

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

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

  The fewer our wants the more we resemble the gods.  
 -  Socrates
  

  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.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

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

  Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The shortest and surest way to live with honour 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.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.  
 -  Socrates
  

  When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.  
 -  Socrates
  

  If you dont get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you dont want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you cant hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change, free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.  
 -  Socrates
  

  From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.  
 -  Socrates
  

  To express oneself badly is not only faulty as far as the language goes, but does some harm to the soul.  
 -  Socrates
  

  One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.  
 -  Socrates
  

  There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Force is of no use to make or preserve a friend, who is an animal that is never caught nor tamed but by kindness and pleasure.  
 -  Socrates
  

  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.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

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

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

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

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

  Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.  
 -  Socrates
  

  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.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  The shortest and surest way to live with honour 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.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.  
 -  Socrates
  

  When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

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

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

  My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?  
 -  Socrates
  

  The fewer our wants the more we resemble the gods.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.  
 -  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
  

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

  Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Every action has its pleasures and its price.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Force is of no use to make or preserve a friend, who is an animal that is never caught nor tamed but by kindness and pleasure.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.  
 -  Socrates
  

  The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?  
 -  Socrates
  

  No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.  
 -  Socrates
  

  Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.  
 -  Socrates
  

  In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  Death is a very narrow theme, but it reaches a wide audience.  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  The soul, like the body, accepts by practice whatever habit one wishes it to contact.  
 -  Socrates
  

  It is possible that a man could live twice as long if he didn't spend the first half of his life acquiring habits that shortens the other half  
 -  Socrates
  

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

  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.  
 -  Socrates
  

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