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Thoughts by Socrates

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Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
- Socrates

Related topics: Wisdom Values

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

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

 

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

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

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

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Be as you wish to seem.
- 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

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

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

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

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

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

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

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

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

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- 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 way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

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

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- 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

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

Wisdom begins in wonder.
- Socrates

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Each of us dwells in a cathedral of our own BEing
that is created vast enough to encompass Unity with all creation.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our faith gives us knowledge of something better.
- E. F. Schumacher

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection,
not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time.
- Martin Luther

As we work to create light for others,
we naturally light our own way.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

When the vast cathedral of our being
becomes a sanctuary for all creation,
we become the face of God.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our Joy comes from living our own lives simply -
never from demanding that others live simply -
or from ever making any demands whatsoever upon others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is our choices ... that show what we truly are,
far more than our abilities.
- J. K. Rowling (Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets)

The purpose of our lives is to be happy.
- Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama

What we think, we become.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.
- The Buddha

Miracles are the natural way of the Universe -
our only job is to move our doubting minds aside
and let the miracles flow.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.
Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our Light, not our Darkness, that most frightens us.
- Marianne Williamson

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Time, like life itself, has no inherent meaning.
We give our own meaning to time as to life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent
about things that matter.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The world is perfect. It's a mess.
It has always been a mess.
We are not going to change it.
Our job is to straighten out our own lives.
- Joseph Campbell

Treat the earth well.
It was not given to you by your parents,
it was loaned to you by your children.
We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors,
we borrow it from our Children.
- Native American traditional

It is the quality of our work which will please God
and not the quantity.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Our "Rainbows and Butterflies" are the small miracles of our life -
the little things that are so easy to overlook,
yet so awe inspiring when we take a moment
to notice and to pay attention.
Give thanks for the rainbows, for the butterflies,
for all God's creatures - large and small,
for the bright blue sky and the soft fog and the gentle rain,
for the tree veiled in the season's first frost,
for the baby's laugh,
for the touch of a hand and the whispered "I love you."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We have only this moment,
sparkling like a star in our hand -
and melting like a snowflake.
- Marie B. Ray

Many people mistake our work for our vocation.
Our vocation is the love of Jesus.
- Mother Teresa

Our loyalties must transcend our race, our tribe,
our class, and our nation;
and this means we must develop a world perspective.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

I hate to see complacency prevail in our lives
when it's so directly contrary to the teaching of Christ.
- Jimmy Carter

The best cure for our own self-inflicted suffering
is often service to others.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Our life of poverty is as necessary as the work itself.
Only in heaven will we see how much we owe to the poor
for helping us to love God better because of them.
- Mother Teresa

We all have our thorns. We, and Life, have our moments.
Life occurs before our morning coffee.
Life occurs in our bathrobe with our hair uncombed.
Bless and give thanks for All of Life - the bloom and the thorns.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We should live our lives as though
Christ were coming this afternoon.
- Jimmy Carter

We cannot choose our external circumstances,
but we can always choose how to respond to them.
- Epictetus

Guide our feet into the way of peace.
- Luke 1:79

Through our own recovered innocence
we discern the innocence of our neighbors.
- Henry David Thoreau

We can only be said to be truly alive in those moments
when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.
- Thornton Wilder

"Hurry up" ranks right up there with "you need to"
as a destroyer of our humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My concern is not whether God is on our side;
my greatest concern is to be on God's side,
for God is always right.
- Abraham Lincoln


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