Socrates and Politics


Socrates splits himself into two, so that there are two Socrates: the Socrates who knows in advance how the discussion is going to end, and the Socrates who travels the entire dialectical path along with his interlocutor. Pierre Hadot

The noblest worship is to make yourself as good and as just as you can. Socrates

If you will take my advice you will think little of Socrates, and a great deal more of truth. Socrates

But now the giant heads of Plato and Socrates, each with an expression of penetrating wisdom carved on his white features, surveyed the river and the melon beds beyond. J. G. Farrell

I am that gadfly which God has attached to the state, and all day long and in all places am always fastening upon you, arousing and persuading and reproaching you. Socrates

wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the state Socrates

Is it not, then, better to be ridiculous and friendly than clever and hostile? Socrates

Marry a good woman, and be happy the rest of your life. Or, marry a bad, and become a good philosopher Socrates

The same wind is blowing, and yet one of us may be cold and the other not. Socrates

There are two kinds of disease of the soul, vice and ignorance. Socrates

The alphabet will create forgetfulness in the learners' souls. They will trust the written characters and not remember themselves. Socrates

When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire . . . Socrates

We shall be better, braver, and more active if we believe it right to look for what we don't know. Socrates

I know you won't believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others. Socrates

I am a fool, but I know I'm a fool and that makes me smarter than you. Socrates

I am a Citizen of the World, and my Nationality is Goodwill. Socrates

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all. Socrates

If measure and symmetry are absent from any composition in any degree, ruin awaits both the ingredients and the composition... Measure and symmetry are beauty and virtue the world over. Socrates

In Socrates' thought the two marks of individual self-consciousness appear; it is practical and it is social. James M. Baldwin

The difference between Socrates and Jesus Christ? The great Conscious; the immeasurably great Unconscious. Thomas Carlyle



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