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The shortest and surest way to
by 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

Related topics: Values

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

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
- Socrates PHOTO

 

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

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

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


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

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

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

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

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

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

Wisdom begins in wonder.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

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

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

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

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- Socrates

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

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

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

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

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

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
- 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

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

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

Beauty is the bait which with delight
allures man to enlarge his kind.
- 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 poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
- Socrates

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
- 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 will be brief.
Not nearly so brief as Salvador Dali,
who gave the world's shortest speech.
He said I will be so brief I have already finished,
and he sat down.
- Gene Fowler

The oldest, shortest words - "yes" and "no" -
are those which require the most thought.
- Pythagoras

Jokes are better than war.
Even the most aggressive jokes are better than the least aggressive wars.
Even the longest jokes are better than the shortest wars.
- George Mikes

Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.
- Yakov Smirnoff

The shortest answer is doing the thing.
- Ernest Hemingway

Think you're escaping and run into yourself.
Longest way round is the shortest way home.
- James Joyce

All those who seek to destroy the liberties of a democratic
nation ought to know that war is the surest and shortest means to accomplish it.
- Alexis de Tocqueville

"I am" is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language.
Could it be that "I do" is the longest sentence?
- George Carlin

Pain dies quickly, and lets her weary prisoners go;
the fiercest agonies have shortest reign.
- William C. Bryant

The shortest distance between two points is under construction.
- Leo Aikman

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The shortest period of time lies between the minute
you put some money away for a rainy day and the unexpected arrival of rain.
- Jane Bryant Quinn

The shortest answer is doing.
- George Herbert

The proper union of gin and vermouth is a great and sudden glory;
it is one of the happiest marriages on earth,
and one of the shortest lived.
- Bernard De Voto

It is in life as it is in ways, the shortest way is commonly the foulest,
and surely the fairer way is not much about.
- Francis Bacon

But the shortest works are always the best.
- Jean de La Fontaine

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.
- Samuel Smiles

There are many crooked lines and one straight line.
Which is the line of truth? Why the straight line?
Truth is always the shortest distance between two points.
- Sun Myung Moon

The shortest and surest way of arriving at real knowledge
is to unlearn the lessons we have been taught,
to mount the first principles, and take nobody's word about them.
- Henry Bolingbroke

It is of course the nature of historical contraction
that the shortest distance to a historical destination
is never a straight line.
- Ibrahim Babangida

What is a good performance? It lies in the hands and head of a performer...
the shortest way between two people is not a straight line.
- Earle Brown


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