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Socrates – Founder of Greek philosophy (Greece b. 431 BC)

Socrates was a renowned philosopher who lived in ancient Greece over 2,400 years ago. He is widely regarded as the founder of Greek philosophy and is considered one of the greatest thinkers in Western civilization. Despite never having written any of his own teachings, Socrates' ideas and influence continue to shape the world of philosophy to this day.

Socrates was born in Athens in 470 BCE and lived during a time of great political and cultural upheaval. Despite this, he dedicated himself to the pursuit of wisdom and the search for truth. He believed that the path to a virtuous life was through questioning and examining one's own beliefs, and he famously claimed to be the wisest man in Athens because he alone knew that he knew nothing.

Socrates was known for his method of questioning, known as the Socratic Method, which he used to challenge the assumptions and beliefs of his students and fellow Athenians. Through this method, he sought to encourage people to think critically and question their own beliefs, and he believed that this was the key to gaining true wisdom.

Despite his popularity and influence, Socrates was eventually sentenced to death by drinking hemlock, a toxic poison, in 399 BCE. This was the result of a trial in which he was charged with corrupting the youth of Athens and impiety, or lack of reverence for the gods. Despite his death, Socrates' ideas and influence have continued to shape Western philosophy and thought.

Quotes Time:

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

"The unexamined life is not worth living."

"To be conscious of being, you need to reclaim consciousness from the mind."

"True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life,

ourselves, and the world around us."

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

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

"He who is not a good servant will not be a good master."

"As for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don't know what justice is, I'll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy."

"Beware the barrenness of a busy life."

"An unexamined life is a life without direction."

"He who is not a good servant will not be a good master."

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

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

"An honest man is always a child."

"Wonder is the beginning of wisdom."

"Wisdom begins in wonder."

"The only thing I know is that I know nothing."

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

"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."

"The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance."

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

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

"The mind is everything; what you think, you become."

"To find yourself, think for yourself."

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

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new."

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

"The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms."

"He who is not a good servant will not be a good master."

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


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