Saturday, July 30, 2011

Weekend Wise Words

Be Smart! Be Brilliant!

Since last weekend I did Aristotle, I thought this weekend I would do his teacher and mentor, Socrates.

Socrates 469 BC–399 BC
A few of Socrates pieces of Wisdom:

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
[Although Ben Franklin is noted for saying this in his Almanac, it would seem that Socrates beat him to that obvious statement]

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.

Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

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

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

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
[sound familiar? kind of like the "Golden Rule" don't you think?]

And finally (for those of us who have been divorced once or thrice.... )

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.

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