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

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

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

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

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
- Socrates PHOTO

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

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


 

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

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

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

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

Worthless people live only to eat and drink;
people of worth eat and drink only to live.
- 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 unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisdom begins in wonder.
- Socrates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

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

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

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

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

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
- 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

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
- 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

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

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

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

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

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

Sucking the marrow out of life
doesn't mean choking on the bone.
- Robin Williams as John Keating
in the 1989 movie Dead Poets Society

Hate is never conquered by hate,
Hate is only conquered by love.
- The Buddha

Life is an adventure.
I can only wonder what treasure
awaits at the top of the path.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Play with life, laugh with life,
dance lightly with life,
and smile at the riddles of life,
knowing that life's only true lessons
are writ small in the margin.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You're only here for a short visit.
Don't hurry. Don't worry.
And be sure to smell the flowers along the way.
- Walter Hagen

Darkness cannot drive out darkness;
only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate;
only love can do that.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The only thing necessary for evil to triumph
is for enough good men to do nothing.
- Edmund Burke

If the only prayer you said in your whole life was,
Thank you, that would suffice.
- Meister Eckhart

Universal compassion is the only guarantee of morality.
- Arthur Schopenhauer

There are only two ways to live your life.
One is as though nothing is a miracle.
The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

There are no facts, only interpretations.
- Friedrich Nietzsche

Imagine all the people living life in peace.
You may say I'm a dreamer,
but I'm not the only one.
I hope someday you'll join us,
and the world will be as one.
- John Lennon

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

One can not reflect in streaming water.
Only those who know internal peace can give it to others.
- Lao Tzu

Don't hurry. Don't worry.
You're only here for a short visit.
So don't forget to stop and smell the roses.
- Walter Hagen

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

For some of us, the world appears to provide
only a fixed quantity of each resource -
a limited amount of food, of money,
of love, of success, of appreciation.
For others, life is unlimited.
Their world expands with the generosity, compassion,
inventiveness, and service that they contribute.
In this world-view, money that is spent
or given away returns multiplied.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
- Robert F. Kennedy

Find your balance and stand with it.
Find your song and sing it out.
Find your cadence and let it appear like a dance.
Find the questions that only you know how to ask and
The answers that you are content to not know.
- Mary Anne Radmacher


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