If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t 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.
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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates Quotes
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As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
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Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Understanding a question is half an answer.
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.
There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
An honest man is always a child. Socrates Quotes
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
The poets are only the interpreters of the gods.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
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It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
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The hottest love has the coldest end.
Every action has its pleasures and its price.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.
The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
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.
Where 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 comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.
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When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
Socrates’ I know nothing quote
I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort. From poets, I moved to artists. No one was more ignorant about the arts than I; no one was more convinced that artists possessed really beautiful secrets. However, I noticed that their condition was no better than that of the poets and that both of them have the same misconceptions. Because the most skillful among them excel in their specialty, they look upon themselves as the wisest of men. In my eyes, this presumption completely tarnished their knowledge. As a result, putting myself in the place of the oracle and asking myself what I would prefer to be — what I was or what they were, to know what they have learned or to know that I know nothing — I replied to myself and to the god: I wish to remain who I am. We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
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.
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.
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.
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