Socrates ( 470–399 BC) was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as a founder of Western philosophy and the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought. An enigmatic figure, Socrates authored no texts and is known mainly through the posthumous accounts of classical writers, particularly his students Plato and Xenophon. These accounts are written as dialogues, in which Socrates and his interlocutors examine a subject in the style of question and answer, usually with Socrates taking the lead, and gave rise to the Socratic dialogue literary genre.
It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
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.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.