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BC 469-BC 399. Greek philosopher of Athens

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Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue-to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak.

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To find yourself, think for yourself.

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Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

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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.

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Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.

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

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I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

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Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.

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Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.

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From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

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