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BC 469-BC 399. Greek philosopher of Athens

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To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?

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

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One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.

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The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.

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By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.

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

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The hottest love has the coldest end.

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An unexamined life is not worth living.

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I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.

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

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