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SOCRATES
Greek philosopher
(c. 470 BC - 399 BC)
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A man can no more make a safe use of wealth without reason than he can of a horse without a bridle.
      - [Wealth]

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
      - [Immortality]

An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.
      - [Education]

An envious man waxeth lean with the fatness of his neighbors. Envy is the daughter of pride, the author of murder and revenge, the beginner of secret sedition and the perpetual tormentor of virtue. Envy is the filthy slime of the soul; a venom, a poison, or quicksilver which consumeth the flesh and drieth up the marrow of the bones.
      - [Envy]

And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.
      - [Knowledge]

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which he will, he is sure to repent.
      - [Celibacy : Marriage]

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in continue firm and constant.
      - [Friendship]

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
      - [Beauty]

Before the birth of Love, many fearful things took place through the empire of necessity; but when this god was born, all things rose to men.
      - [Cupid]

Call no man unhappy until he is married.
      - [Marriage]

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
      - [Contentment]

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

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

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
      - [Fame]

Flattery is like a painted armor; only for show.
      - [Flattery]

Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit.
      - [Flattery]

Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially.
      - [Judges]

Happiness is unrepented pleasure.
      - [Happiness]

He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.
      - [Idleness]

He is richest who is content with the least; for content is the wealth of nature.
      - [Contentment]

He is the richest who is content with the least.
      - [Contentment]

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
      - [Contentment]

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

I believe that we cannot live better than in seeking to become better, nor more agreeably than having a clear conscience.
      - [Conscience]

I hold that to need nothing is divine, and the less a man needs the nearer he does approach divinity.
      - quoted by Xenophon's Memoirs, bk. I, 6, 10
        [Necessity]


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