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  • #1
    Socrates
    “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
    Socrates

  • #2
    Socrates
    “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
    Socrates

  • #3
    Socrates
    “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
    Socrates

  • #4
    Socrates
    “To find yourself, think for yourself.”
    Socrates

  • #5
    Socrates
    “Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.”
    Socrates

  • #6
    Socrates
    “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.”
    Socrates

  • #7
    Socrates
    “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
    Socrates

  • #8
    Socrates
    “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
    Socrates

  • #9
    Socrates
    “Know thyself.”
    Socrates

  • #10
    Socrates
    “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
    Socrates

  • #11
    Socrates
    “The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
    Socrates

  • #12
    Socrates
    “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.”
    Socrates

  • #13
    Socrates
    “Every action has its pleasures and its price.”
    Socrates

  • #14
    George Orwell
    “[Hitler] has grasped the falsity of the hedonistic attitude to life. Nearly all western thought since the last war, certainly all “progressive” thought, has assumed tacitly that human beings desire nothing beyond ease, security, and avoidance of pain. In such a view of life there is no room, for instance, for patriotism and the military virtues. Hitler, because in his own joyless mind he feels it with exceptional strength, knows that human beings don’t only want comfort, safety, short working-hours, hygiene, birth-control and, in general, common sense; they also, at least intermittently, want struggle and self-sacrifice, not to mention drums, flag and loyalty-parades ... Whereas Socialism, and even capitalism in a grudging way, have said to people “I offer you a good time,” Hitler has said to them “I offer you struggle, danger and death,” and as a result a whole nation flings itself at his feet”
    George Orwell



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