Socrates

469 - 399 BC

A Quote by Socrates on beauty, desires, direction, influence, inspiration, judgment, love, pleasure, reason, and violence

When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this very violent motion, and is called love.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on good, people, power, and wishes

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

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on fear

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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.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates

Know thyself.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on needs and sales

Often when looking at a mass of things for sale, he would say to himself, 'How many things I have no need of!'

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

Source: Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers

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A Quote by Socrates on life and worth

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An unexamined life is not worth living.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on good, men, virtue, and wealth

Virtue does not come from wealth, but . . . wealth, and every other good thing which men have . . . comes from virtue.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on boasts, ignorance, and knowledge

Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on argument, body, death, desires, facts, judgment, knowledge, purity, soul, and wisdom

We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on beauty and soul

Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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