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  • Profession: Philosopher









Socrates was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher, of the Western ethical tradition of thought. An enigmatic figure, he made no writings, and is known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers writing after his lifetime, particularly his students Plato and Xenophon. Other sources include the contemporaneous Antisthenes, Aristippus, and Aeschines of Sphettos. Aristophanes, a playwright, is the only source to have written during his lifetime.

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… he who will really fight for right, if he would live even for a little while, must have a private station and not a public one Civil Disorder, Riots, Protests & Demonstrations
An honest man is always a child. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers. Families, Children & Parenting
I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
if you think that by killing men you can avoid the accuser censoring your lives, you are mistaken; that is not a way of escape which is either possible or honorable; the easiest and the noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves. Miscellaneous
Man must rise above the Earth -- to the top of the atmosphere and beyond -- for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives Space Exploration
The unexamined life is not worth living. Life ;Miscellaneous
There is one thing that is only good, namely, knowledge; and one only evil, namely, ignorance. Morality, Ethics & Conflict of Interest
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.
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent. Families, Children & Parenting
Be as you wish to seem.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Friendship ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Life
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. Families, Children & Parenting
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Death
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for. Time
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature. Nature
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
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. Literature, Writers & Writing
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. Intelligence, Spying, Espionage & Covert Operations
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. Power
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
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.
It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
My advice to you is get married: If you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
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.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. Religion & God
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him. Life ;Religion & God
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
The poets are only the interpreters of the gods.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Life
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.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.