Socrates (470/469 – 399 BC) 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. Through his portrayal in Plato's dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method.

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The unexamined life is not worth living.

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in continue firm and constant.

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.

An honest man is always a child.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

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

As to marriage or celibacy let a man take which course he will he will be sure to repent.

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

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.

Be as you wish to seem.

Not life but good life is to be chiefly valued.

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.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.

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