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Ordinary people seem not to realize
by Socrates

Ordinary people seem not to realize
that those who really apply themselves
in the right way to philosophy
are directly and of their own accord
preparing themselves for dying and death.
- Socrates

Related topics: Wisdom Deep

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
- Socrates PHOTO

He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates PHOTO

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi) PHOTO

 

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

Worthless people live only to eat and drink;
people of worth eat and drink only to live.
- Socrates

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Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

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.
- Socrates

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

He is richest who is content with the least.
- Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize
how little we understand about life,
ourselves, and the world around us.
- Socrates

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- Socrates

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.
- Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- Socrates

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
- Socrates

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

I know that I am intelligent,
because I know that I know nothing.
- Socrates

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

The shortest and surest way to
live with honor in the world,
is to be in reality
what we would appear to be.
- Socrates

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

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

If a man is proud of his wealth,
he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
- Socrates

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

He is a man of courage who does not run away,
but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
- Socrates

One who is injured ought not to return the injury,
for on no account can it be right to do an injustice;
and it is not right to return an injury,
or to do evil to any man,
however much we have suffered from him.
- Socrates

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man
take which course he will,
he will be sure to repent.
- Socrates

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

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

By all means marry.
If you get a good wife, you'll be happy.
If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher
and that is a good thing for any man.
- Socrates

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap
whence everyone must take an equal portion,
most people would be contented to take their own and depart.
- Socrates

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
- Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
- Socrates

My advice to you is get married:
if you find a good wife you'll be happy;
if not, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

False words are not only evil in themselves,
but they infect the soul with evil.
- Socrates

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings,
so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
- Socrates

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

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

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

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

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

I decided that it was not wisdom that
enabled poets to write their poetry,
but a kind of instinct or inspiration,
such as you find in seers and prophets
who deliver all their sublime messages
without knowing in the least what they mean.
- Socrates

The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
- Socrates

Where there is reverence there is fear,
but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear,
because fear presumably has a wider
extension than reverence.
- Socrates

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.
- Jimmy Johnson

A hero is no braver than an ordinary man,
but he is brave five minutes longer.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Our ordinary mind always tries to persuade us
that we are nothing but acorns
and that our greatest happiness will be
to become bigger, fatter, shinier acorns;
but that is of interest only to pigs.
Our faith gives us knowledge of something better:
that we can become oak trees.
- E. F. Schumacher

The opportunity for greater courage
comes in the most ordinary of moments.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another. No more walls.
- Anais Nin

Exotic or ordinary, glamorous or plain,
exciting or boring - it's all in our point-of-view.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A hero is an ordinary individual
who finds the strength to persevere
and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
- Christopher Reeve

One machine can do the work of fifty ordinary men.
No machine can do the work of one extraordinary man.
- Elbert Hubbard

On the ordinary view of each species
having been independently created,
we gain no scientific explanation.
- Charles Darwin

A miracle is nothing more or less than this...
Anyone who has come into a knowledge
of his true identity,
of his oneness with
the all-pervading wisdom and power,
this makes it possible for laws higher
than the ordinary mind knows of
to be revealed to him.
- Ralph Waldo Trine

Well excuse me - we've got something
a little unusual going on here -
time travel, parallel universes,
or just a little common ordinary insanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you open up to the ultimate,
immediately it pours into you.
You are no longer an ordinary human being -
you have transcended.
Your insight has become the
insight of the whole existence.
Now you are no longer separate -
you have found your roots.
- Osho

I am a plain ordinary magnificent creation of God,
just like every other plain ordinary
mountain, ocean, tree, animal, and human.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Ordinary life does not interest me.
I seek only the high moments.
I am in accord with the surrealists,
searching for the marvelous.
- Anais Nin

Reality doesn't impress me.
I only believe in intoxication, in ecstasy,
and when ordinary life shackles me,
I escape, one way or another.
No more walls.
- Anais Nin

Jesus was all right,
but his disciples were thick and ordinary.
It's them twisting it that ruins it for me.
- John Lennon

To deprive a man of his natural liberty
and to deny to him the ordinary amenities of life
is worse then starving the body;
it is starvation of the soul, the dweller in the body.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

See beauty in those unexpected places.
(she asked herself how people could let Bach be background noise.)
See the opportunity in what looks like inconvenience.
(she steered clear of the traffic jam
and went to the bakery she's been meaning to stop at.)
She embraces the undeclared possibility
in what seems like just another ordinary day.
(her friend is scheduled for cancer surgery
and suddenly everything around her seems so very precious.)
- Mary Anne Radmacher

The Four Stages of Public Opinion
I (Just after publication): The novelty is absurd
and subversive of Religion and Morality.
The propounder both fool and knave.
II (Twenty years later): The Novelty is absolute Truth
and will yield a full and satisfactory
explanation of things in general -
The propounder a man of sublime genius and perfect virtue.
III (Forty years later): The Novelty won't explain
things in general after all, and therefore is a wretched failure.
The propounder a very ordinary person advertised by a clique.
IV (A century later): The Novelty a mixture of truth and error.
Explains as much as could reasonably be expected.
The propounder worthy of all honor
in spite of his share of human frailties,
as one who has added to the permanent possessions of science.
- Thomas Henry [T. H.] Huxley

To go against the dominant thinking of your friends,
of most of the people you see every day,
is perhaps the most difficult act of heroism you can perform.
- Theodore H. White

People only see what they are prepared to see.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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