Socrates


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  • ''Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.''
    Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Quoted in Plato, Phaedrus, sct. 262.
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  • ''I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.''
    Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. quoted in Phaedo, sct. 98, Plato.
  • ''Every pleasure or pain has a sort of rivet with which it fastens the soul to the body and pins it down and makes it corporeal, accepting as true whatever the body certifies.''
    Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Quoted in Phaedo, sct. 81, Plato.
  • ''I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.''
    Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Quoted in Plato, Crito, sect. 43.
  • ''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 (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Quoted in Plato, Phaedo, sect. 62.
  • ''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 (469-399 B.C.), Greek philosopher. quoted in Plato, Phaedo, sct. 68c-69d.
  • ''Our purpose in founding the city was not to make any one class in it surpassingly happy, but to make the city as a whole as happy as possible.''
    Socrates (469-399 B.C.), Athenian philosopher. The Republic, Plato, bk. IV, l.420b, trans. by A.D. Lindsay, E.P. Dutton and Co., Inc. (1957).

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