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“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
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“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
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“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
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“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think”
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“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
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“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
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“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
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“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.”
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“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.”
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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
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“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
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“If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
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“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.”
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“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”
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“Know thyself.”
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“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
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“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”
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“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”
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“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
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“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
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“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
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“Every action has its pleasures and its price.”
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“I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort.

From poets, I moved to artists. No one was more ignorant about the arts than I; no one was more convinced that artists possessed really beautiful secrets. However, I noticed that their condition was no better than that of the poets and that both of them have the same misconceptions. Because the most skillful among them excel in their specialty, they look upon themselves as the wisest of men. In my eyes, this presumption completely tarnished their knowledge. As a result, putting myself in the place of the oracle and asking myself what I would prefer to be — what I was or what they were, to know what they have learned or to know that I know nothing — I replied to myself and to the god: I wish to remain who I am.

We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”
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“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”
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“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world."

[As quoted in Plutarch's Of Banishment]”
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“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”
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“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”
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“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
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“We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.”
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