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Born in Athens in 470/469 BC, Socrates is one of the world's most influential classical Greek philosophers. He is widely revered as one of the founders of Western philosophy and is written about in many of one of his most famous students' works – Plato. Socrates originally worked as a stonecutter. His father also worked as a stonemason, while his mother was a midwife.Although he was a talented stonecutter, Socrates' true passion always laid in discussing philosophy. Although he was portrayed as somewhat of a swindler in Aristophanes' play "The Clouds," many other accounts state that Socrates taught philosophy without ever demanding payment. Socrates was also a military member. He served in the Athenian army during three campaigns and was cited as a person who refused to obey commands simply because he was told to do so. He famously refused to bring Leon of Salamis to his unjust execution and was saved by the overthrow of the Thirty Tyrants, who had sentenced any resisters to death. Socrates' biggest influence is, perhaps, in the subject of ethics. The Socratic Method derives its title from his name, and is still cited today as a useful way to elicit a person's belief system. In the Socratic Method, a series of questions are posed to the subject to determine their underlying beliefs as well as the extent of their knowledge on the subject. Socrates died in 399 BC, after being accused of corrupting the minds of Athens' youth and impiety. He was sentenced to death by drinking a poisonous hemlock mixture.

One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.
Socrates

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

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

If a man would move the world, he must first move himself.
Socrates

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

They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.
Socrates

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

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.
Socrates

A multitude of books distracts the mind.
Socrates

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

To find yourself, think for yourself.
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

How many are the things I can do without!
Socrates

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

Remember - no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good
fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
Socrates

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

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
Socrates

Enjoy yourself - it's later than you think.
Socrates

I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Socrates

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
Socrates

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

Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige,
when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?
Socrates

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living.
Socrates

Call no man unhappy until he is married.
Socrates

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show
disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders
enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food
and tyrannize their teachers.
Socrates

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
Socrates

Force is of no use to make or preserve a friend, who is an animal that is never caught nor
tamed but by kindness and pleasure.
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

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

When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have
it.
Socrates

Every action has its pleasures and its price.
Socrates

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like
to have.
Socrates

If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can
tame all.
Socrates

The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.
Socrates

There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.
Socrates

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the
new.
Socrates

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