10 Profound Quotations from Socrates

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Socrates  was a classical Greek (Athenian)Philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato’s dialogues are among the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity, though it is unclear the degree to which Socrates himself is “hidden behind his ‘best disciple’, Plato”.

  1. The unexamined life is not worth living.

  2. Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.

  3. He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.

  4. Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.

  5. Know thyself.

  6. He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.

  7. 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.

  8. Let him that would move the world, first move himself.

  9. I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.

  10. The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.

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