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 :: 469-399 BC, Greek Philosopher of Athens

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How many are the things I can do without!
~ Socrates - [Possessions]

 

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I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
~ Socrates - [Humankind]

 

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I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
~ Socrates - [Teachers and Teaching]

 

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I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
~ Socrates - [Potential]

 

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I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
~ Socrates - [Love]

 

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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.
~ Socrates - [Senses]

 

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I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
~ Socrates - [Politicians and Politics]

 

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If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
~ Socrates - [Riches]

 

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If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won't be persuaded by me, taking it that I am ionizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable for a human being, you will be even less persuaded.
~ Socrates - [Debate]

 

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In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.
~ Socrates - [Life and Living]

 

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Know thyself.
~ Socrates - [Self-knowledge]

 

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Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
~ Socrates - [Influence]

 

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Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
~ Socrates - [Desire]

 

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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.
~ Socrates - [Listening]

 

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No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
~ Socrates - [Government]

 

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Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
~ Socrates - [Justice]

 

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Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
~ Socrates - [Feminism]

 

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One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
~ Socrates - [Knowledge]

 

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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.
~ Socrates - [Philosophers and Philosophy]

 

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Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
~ Socrates - [Prayer]

 

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