Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.
More quotes by Socrates
Philebus was saying that enjoyment and pleasure and delight, and the class of feelings akin to them, are a good to every living being, whereas I contend, that not these, but wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure
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… and that is a good thing for any man.
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.
More quotes about Wisdom
We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion. She spins and weaves and cuts with full authority. The head monkey at Paris puts on a traveler’s cap, and all the monkeys in America do the same.
Speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout.
We must train hard. It’s not about denying a weakness may exist but about denying its right to persist.
I like not only to be loved, but also to be told that I am loved. I am not sure that you are of the same mind. But the realm of silence is large enough beyond the grave. This is the world of light and speech, and I shall take leave to tell you that you are very dear.
I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can’t find anybody who can tell me what they want.
As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.
People usually think according to their inclinations, speak according to their learning and ingrained opinions, but generally act according to custom.