10 Life Lessons To Learn From Socrates


1. You have to be as you want to seem. No faking!

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.”

2. Virtue does not come from money.

“I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.”

3. Read the writings of other men and women to improve yourself.

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

4. Wisdom is knowing how little you know.

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

“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”

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

5. If you want to change the world, change yourself.

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.” ~ Socrates

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

6. You’ll be rich when you realize you have enough.

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

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”

7. Eat healthy to live.

“Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.”

8. Live a good life, not a life chosen for you by someone else.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.”

9. Nothing in life is ever truly stationary. Everything is in a constant state of change.

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

10. Don’t simply be busy, but be busy doing things that matter to you.

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

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