"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."

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

"An honest man is always a child."

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

"Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live."

"Be as you wish to seem."

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

"Beauty is a short-lived tyranny."

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life."

"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."

"By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful."

"Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers."

"Death may be the greatest of all human blessings."

"Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others."

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

"Envy is the ulcer of the soul."

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

"From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate."

"Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love."

"Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one."

"Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods."

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

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

"He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have."

"I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world."

"I appear to be wiser than he, because I do not fancy I know what I do not know."

"I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think."

"I know that I am intelligent, because I know 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."

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

"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."

"Let him that would move the world, first move himself."

"My belief is that to have no wants is divine."

"Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued."

"Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior."

"Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change."

"People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid."

"Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity."

"Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of."

"Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune."

"See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all."

"The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like him."

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

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing."

"The unexamined life is not worth living."

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

"There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance."

"Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults."

"To find yourself, think for yourself."

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

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

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

"Virtue does not come from wealth, but.... wealth, and every other good thing which men have.... comes from virtue."

"When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser."

"Wind buffs up empty bladders; opinion, fools."

"Wisdom begins in wonder."

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