Socrates (469-399 B.C.) was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is at once the most exemplary, enigmatic and the strangest of the Greek philosophers. Little is known of his life except for what was recorded by his students, including Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. However, Plato’s dialogues are considered as the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity.
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Throughout his life, he tried to establish an ethical system based on human reason rather than theological doctrine. Socrates believed that ultimate wisdom comes from knowing oneself and the more you know, the greater your ability to reason and make choices that will bring true happiness. He was accused of corrupting the youth of Athens and sentenced to death as people felt that he threatened their way of life as he attacked their values of past glories, notions of wealth, and a fixation with physical beauty with his insistent emphasis on the greater importance of the mind. He was sentenced to death by drinking a mixture of poison hemlock.
Let us remember his wisdom by reading 24 famous quotes of his:
1) “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
2) “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
3) “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”