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Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.

To find yourself, think for yourself.
The hottest love has the coldest end.
One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
Let him that would move the world, first move himself.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all
I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Know thyself.
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Enjoy yourself -- it's later than you think.
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
How many are the things I can do without!
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
Call no man unhappy until he is married.
The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.
Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
There is only one good -- knowledge; and only one evil -- ignorance.
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.
The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.
No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
Whom do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be... those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes... those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober -- minded men.
The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth
The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.
Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt?
The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.
He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.
Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.
Naturam rerum cognoscere primum. "First know the nature of things" or "Get your facts straight first".
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
An unexamined life is not worth living.
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.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.
Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.
Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.
If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won't be persuaded by me, taking it that I am ionizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable for a human being, you will be even less persuaded.
Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
An unexamined life is not worth living.
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.
Sidere mens eadum mutato. "The stars may be different, but the spirit is the same.
When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this very violent motion, and is called love.
See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.
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.
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.
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
A multitude of books distracts the mind.
What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
Other men live to eat, while I eat to live.