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Socrates 470-399 BC
Greek Philosopher, a Founder of Western Philosophy
 Great Truths       

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.

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

To find yourself, think for yourself.

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

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

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

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

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

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

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.

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

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

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

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

Such as thy words are, such will thine affections be esteemed: and such as thine affections, will be thy deeds: and such as thy deeds will be thy life.

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

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

The shortest and surest way to live with honor 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 and experience of them.

A man should inure himself to voluntary labor, and not give up to indulgence and pleasure, as they beget no good constitution of body nor knowledge of mind.

An unexamined life is not worth living.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.

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.

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

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