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Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
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.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Be as you wish to seem.
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
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.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
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.
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
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.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
An honest man is always a child.
By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.