Socrates, 469 - 399 BC

Greek Philosopher


In Diogenes Laertius Lives of the Philosophers bk.2, sect. 3
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

In Plato Apology 38a
The unexamined life is not worth living.

In Plato Crito 49d
It is never right to do wrong or to requite wrong with wrong, or when we suffer evil to defend ourselves by doing evil in return.

In Plato Phaedo 107a
It is perfectly certain that the soul is immortal and imperishable, and our souls will actually exist in another world.

In Plato Phaedo 107a
By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you will be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.

In Plato Phaedo 107a
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.

In Plato Phaedo 107a
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

In Plato Phaedo 107a
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

In Plato Phaedo 107a
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.

'from Diogenes Laertius, Lives of Eminent Philosophers.'
Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.

From Plutarch, of Banishment.
I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.