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I only wish that ordinary people
by Socrates

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

My advice to you is get married:
if you find a good wife you'll be happy;
if not, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

Beauty is the bait which with delight
allures man to enlarge his kind.
- Socrates

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi) PHOTO


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He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
- Socrates

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates


 

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
and that is a good thing for any man.
- Socrates

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

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.
- Socrates

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
- Socrates

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

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

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
- Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.
- Socrates

A system of morality which is based
on relative emotional values
is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception
which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.
- Socrates

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

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

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

Worthless people live only to eat and drink;
people of worth eat and drink only to live.
- Socrates

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

The shortest and surest way to
live with honor in the world,
is to be in reality
what we would appear to be.
- Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

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

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
- Socrates

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

He is richest who is content with the least.
- Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
- Socrates

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

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- Socrates

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

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

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

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

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize
how little we understand about life,
ourselves, and the world around us.
- Socrates

The end of life is to be like God,
and the soul following God will be like Him.
- Socrates

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.
- Socrates

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

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.
- Socrates

The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
- Socrates

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.
- Socrates

The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on.
It is never of any use to oneself.
- Oscar Wilde

Life is like jumping out of an airplane without a parachute -
only the last couple seconds are fatal,
but most people are scared to death the whole way down.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all
is the person who argues with him.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

One good reason to only maintain a small circle of friends
is that three out of four murders
are committed by people who know the victim.
- George Carlin

I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage
is being able to make a right turn on a red light.
- the Woody Allen movie Annie Hall

Oh, if only God would give me some sign.
If He would just speak to me once. Anything.
One sentence. Two words. If He would just cough.
- the movie Love and Death

You ask me if I keep a notebook
to record my great ideas.
I've only ever had one.
- Albert Einstein

The reason I talk to myself is because
I'm the only one whose answers I accept.
- George Carlin

I've developed a new philosophy...
I only dread one day at a time.
- the character Charlie Brown in Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts comic

Less is only more where more is no good.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

The essence of all religions is one.
Only their approaches are different.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Politics is almost as exciting as war, and quite as dangerous.
In war you can only be killed once, but in politics many times.
- Winston Churchill

Nothing in life is to be feared.
It is only to be understood.
- Marie Curie

Life only
appears to be
rushing toward us
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Money is better than poverty,
if only for financial reasons.
- Woody Allen

I never make stupid mistakes.
Only very, very clever ones.
- John Peel

Too often the strong, silent man is silent only because
he does not know what to say, and is reputed strong
only because he has remained silent.
- Winston Churchill

The only true love is love at first sight;
second sight dispels it.
- Israel Zangwill

Only two things are infinite,
the universe and human stupidity,
and I'm not sure about the former.
- Albert Einstein

Only a fool tests the depth of the water with both feet.
- African Proverb

There is only one thing about which I am certain,
and that is that there is very little
about which one can be certain.
- W. Somerset Maugham


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