Socrates (470/469 – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Through his portrayal in Plato's dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method.

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I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.

As for me all I know is that I know nothing.

The end of life is to be like God and the soul following God will be like Him.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.

Worthless people live only to eat and drink, people of worth eat and drink only to live.

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.

Once made equal to man woman becomes his superior.

Our prayers should be for blessings in general for God knows best what is good for us.

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

It is not living that matters but living rightly.

All men's souls are immortal but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.

He is richest who is content with the least for content is the wealth of nature.

I am the wisest man alive for I know one thing and that is that I know nothing.

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm, then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.

Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.

The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.

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