Socrates

469 - 399 BC

A Quote by Socrates on desires, excellence, guidance, judgment, pleasure, and principles

In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

Source: Quoted in: Plato, Phaedrus.

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A Quote by Socrates on experience, honor, observation, practice, reality, and world

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.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on wealth

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

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on death, god, inferiority, joy, knowledge, and perception

You think that upon the score of fore-knowledge and divining I am infinitely inferior to the swans. When they perceive approaching death they sing more merrily than before, because of the joy they have in going to the God they serve.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

Source: Phaedo, 77.

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A Quote by Socrates on mankind, order, sharing, and unhappiness

If all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stack in order to be equally distributed among the whole species, those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of before that which would fall to them by such a division.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on idleness

He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on blessings, god, and good

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

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on certainty, death, departure, good, hope, men, and persuasion

I am quite ready to acknowledge . . . that I ought to be grieved at death, if I were not persuaded that I am going to other gods who are wise and good (of this I am as certain as I can be of any such matters), and to men departed who are better than those whom I leave behind. And therefore I do not grieve as I might have done, for I have good hope that there is yet something remaining for the dead.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates

If you can do only a little. Do what you can. What you cannot enforce, do not command.

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

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A Quote by Socrates on action, faith, faults, praise, and words

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

Socrates (469 - 399 BC)

Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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