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Biography : *Approximate years of birth and death.
Born: -469 - Died: -399
Period:
5th century BC
Place of birth: Greece
Greece
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All I know is that I know nothing.
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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
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He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
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The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
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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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Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
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Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
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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.
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To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
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He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
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I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
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The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
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True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
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True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
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The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
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Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
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All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
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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.
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Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
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As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
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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.
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Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
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Be slow to fall into friendship but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
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Wisdom begins in wonder.
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The unexamined life is not worth living.
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I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
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My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy if not, you'll become a philosopher.
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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
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