I am very conscious that I am not wise at all.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
One should eat to live; not live to eat.
The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.
Is it not, then, better to be ridiculous and friendly than clever and hostile?
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.
The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.
Whoever would have his body supple, easy and healthful should learn to dance.
There is no illness of the body except for the mind.
In every sort of danger there are various ways of winning through, if one is ready to do and say anything whatever.
The life of which meaning one never ponders is not worth living.
A disorderly mob is no more an army than a heap of building materials is a house.
God would seem to indicate to us and not allow us to doubt that these beautiful poems are not human, or the work of man, but divine and the work of God; and that the poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
Let the questions be the curriculum.
I don't care what people say about me. I do care about my mistakes.
True perfection is a bold quest to seek. Only the willing and true of heart will seek the betterment of many.
Admitting one's ignorance is the first step in acquiring knowledge.
The greatest flood has the soonest ebb; the sorest tempest the most sudden calm; the hottest love the coldest end; and from the deepest desire oftentimes ensues the deadliest hate.
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.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.
All thinking begins with wondering.
If thou continuous to take delight in idle argumentation thou mayest be qualified to combat with the sophists, but will never know how to live with men.
It is better to make a mistake with full force of your being than to carefully avoid mistakes with a trembling spirit.
You never know a line is crooked unless you have a straight one to put next to it.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
Knowledge is our ultimate good.
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.
Better to do a little well, then a great deal badly.
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
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.
The understanding of mathematics is necessary for a sound grasp of ethics.
I prefer to be refuted than to refute, for it is a greater good for oneself to be freed from the greatest evil than to free another.
The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
The rest of the world lives to eat, while I eat to live.
The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
To them, I said, the truth would be literally nothing but the shadows of the images.
It is not the purpose of a juryman's office to give justice as a favor to whoever seems good to him, but to judge according to law, and this he has sworn to do.
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
I soon realized that poets do not compose their poems with knowledge, but by some inborn talent and by inspiration, like seers and prophets who also say many fine things without any understanding of what they say.
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.
I have not sought during my life to amass wealth and to adorn my body, but I have sought to adorn my soul with the jewels of wisdom, patience, and above all with a love of liberty.
The nearest way to glory a shortcut, as it were is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.
I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do.
I am wiser than this man, for neither of us appears to know anything great and good; but he fancies he knows something, although he knows nothing; whereas I, as I do not know anything, so I do not fancy I do. In this trifling particular, then, I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know.
The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.
Though flattery blossoms like friendship, yet there is a vast difference in the fruit.
She soars on her own wings.
Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.
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.
Beloved Pan and all ye other gods who haunt this place, give me beauty in the inward soul, and may the outward and the inner man be at one.
Aren't you ashamed to be concerned so much about making all the money you can and advancing your reputation and prestige, while for truth and wisdom and the improvement of your souls you have no thought or car?
I am a citizen, not of Athens, or Greece, but of the world.
I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and persuading and reproaching you.
Why should I resent it when an ass kicks me?
In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.
Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen.
By far the greatest and most admirable form of wisdom is that needed to plan and beautify cities and human communities.
We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is a habit.
Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth.
I know one thing, that I know nothing.
Only the knowledge that comes from inside is the real Knowledge.
To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.
If the whole world depends on today's youth, I can't see the world lasting another 100 years.
If measure and symmetry are absent from any composition in any degree, ruin awaits both the ingredients and the composition... Measure and symmetry are beauty and virtue the world over.
Man's life is like a drop of dew on a leaf.
When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.
For this fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being the appearance of knowing the unknown; since no one knows whether death, which they in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Is there not here conceit of knowledge, which is a disgraceful sort of ignorance? And this is the point in which, as I think, I am superior to men in general, and in which I might perhaps fancy myself wiser than other men, - that whereas I know but little of the world below, I do not suppose that I know: but I do know that injustice and disobedience to a better, whether God or man, is evil and dishonorable, and I will never fear or avoid a possible good rather than a certain evil.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
He who has lived as a true philosopher has reason to be of good cheer when he is about to die, and that after death he may hope to receive the greatest good in the other world.
Listen not to a tale-bearer or slanderer, for he tells thee nothing out of good-will; but as he discovereth of the secrets of others, so he will of thine in turn.
Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.
By all implies marry if you get a great wife husband, you are going to be pleased. If you get a bad a single, you are going to become a philosopher.
Exercise till the mind feels delight in reposing from the fatigue.
Why should we pay so much attention to what 'most people' think? The really reasonable people, who have more claim to be considered, will believe that the facts are exactly as they are.
The Delphic Oracle said I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because that I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.
All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
An unexamined life is not worth living.
Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are.
Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit.
Who knows if to live is to be dead, and to be dead, to live? And we really, it may be, are dead; in fact I once heard sages say that we are now dead, and the body is our tomb.
There is no learning without remembering.
If you would seek health, look first to the spine.
Do it because it's in your heart. Not because you want something in return. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
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.
The years wrinkle our skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles our soul.
The real danger in life is not death, but living an evil life.
The individual leads in order that those who are led can develop their potential as human beings and thereby prosper.
Virtue is the beauty of the soul.
Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding onto.
To harm another is to harm oneself.
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
Whenever a number of individuals have a common name, we assume them to have also a corresponding idea or form.
It is not difficult to avoid death, gentlemen of the jury; it is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death.
Is it true; is it kind, or is it necessary?
If I save my insight, I don't attend to weakness of eyesight.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.
To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know.
To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.
The cure of many diseases remains unknown to the physicians of Hellos (Greece) because they do not study the whole person.
Beauty comes first. Victory is secondary. What matters is joy.
When you propose ridiculous things to believe, too many men will choose to believe nothing at all.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.
My friend… care for your psyche… know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves.
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.
Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.
It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
May the outward and inward man be at one.
Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.
I would rather die having spoken in my manner, than speak in your manner and live.
This sense of wonder is the mark of the philosopher. Philosophy indeed has no other origin.
The bad one is that way because of the ignorance, therefore he can be healed with wisdom.
An honest man is always a child.
Be as you wish to seem.
Nobody knows anything, but I, knowing nothing, am the smartest man in the world.
Are you not ashamed of your eagerness to possess as much wealth, reputation, and honors as possible, while you do not care for nor give thought to wisdom or truth, or the best possible state of your soul?
Death is one of two things. Either it is annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything; or, as we are told, it is really a change: a migration of the soul from one place to another.
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
Not by wisdom do they poets make what they compose, but by a gift of nature and an inspiration similar to that of the diviners and the oracles.
No man has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training.
All of the wisdom of this world is but a tiny raft upon which we must set sail when we leave this earth. If only there was a firmer foundation upon which to sail, perhaps some divine word.
There is no difference between knowledge and temperance; for he who knows what is good and embraces it, who knows what is bad and avoids it, is learned and temperate.
Obscurity is dispelled by augmenting the light of discernment, not by attacking the darkness.
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
Eat to live, not live to eat.
I will not yield to any man contrary to what is right, for fear of death, even if I should die at once for not yielding.
Be of good hope in the face of death. Believe in this one truth for certain, that no evil can befall a good man either in life or death, and that his fate is not a matter of indifference to the gods.
I call myself a Peaceful Warrior... because the battles we fight are on the inside.
The alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls. They will trust the written characters and not remember themselves.
He is the richest who is content with the least.
The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful.
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.
It was far too cold. The second I got out I had this incredible headache, I'm just not used to it. The last time I saw snow was years and years ago.
Talk in order that I may see you.
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?
I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul.
Virtue does not come from wealth, but wealth, and every other good thing which men have comes from virtue.
Just as you ought not to attempt to cure eyes without head or head without body, so you should not treat body without soul.
It is never right to do wrong or to requite wrong with wrong, or when we suffer evil to defend ourselves by doing evil in return.
If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.
One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.
It is best and easiest not to discredit others but to prepare oneself to be as good as possible.
Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.
Get married, in any case. If you happen to get a good mate, you will be happy; if a bad one, you will become philosophical, which is a fine thing in itself.
I am confident that there truly is such a thing as living again, that the living spring from the dead, and that the souls of the dead are in existence.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Let him who would move the world first move himself.
He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
Nobody knows what death is,
nor whether to man
it is perchance the greatest of blessings,
yet people fear it as if they surely knew
it to be the worse of evils.
Trust not a woman when she weeps, for it is her nature to weep when she wants her will.
One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice.
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.
Flattery is like a painted armor; only for show.
You don't know what you don't know.