Aphorisms by author: Socrates

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.
By theme : Evil Knowledge Philosophy
Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.
By theme : Wisdom Philosophy Psychology
I cannot teach anybody anything; I can only make them think.
By theme : Education Philosophy
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
By theme : Philosophy Wisdom
The hottest love has the coldest end.
By theme : Love
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
By theme : Beauty Philosophy
From the deepest desires often comes the deadliest hate.
By theme : Hatred
Be as you wish to seem.
By theme : Behavior Wisdom
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.
By theme : War Philosophy Wealth
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.
By theme : Behavior Psychology
Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.
By theme : Happiness
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
By theme : Men Women
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?
By theme : Death Philosophy
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
By theme : Evil
The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.
By theme : Philosophy Wisdom
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity.
By theme : Behavior Wisdom
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.
By theme : Behavior Childhood History Youth
Remember, what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.
By theme : Philosophy Psychology Wisdom
The fewer our wants, the nearer we resemble the gods.
By theme : Philosophy Wisdom
Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
By theme : Behavior Life Society
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