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."
unexamined life is not worth living."
I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think."
only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance."
human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of
what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of."
do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not
to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly
to care about the greatest improvement of the soul."
is not living that matters, but living rightly."
end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like
education obtained with money is worse than no education at all."
words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with
I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither
of us has any knowledge to boast of, but he thinks that he knows something
which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance.
At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent,
that I do not think that I know what I do not know."
wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand
about life, ourselves, and the world around us."
of the barrenness of a busy life."