~469 - 399 BC
Wisdom of the Ancient Sages
Key Ideas & Beliefs
"The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be."
"Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us."
"One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him."
"I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live."
"He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature."
"From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate."
"Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for."
"As for me, all I know is that I know nothing."
"All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine."
"The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our ways - I to die, and you to live.
Which is better God only knows."
"I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world."
"Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults."
"The shortest and surest way to live with honour 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 of them."
"I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance."
"Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods."
"Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love."
"By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy.
If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."
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