Three Socratic Principles
life is not worth living.
To find yourself,
think for yourself.
Be as you wish to seem.
We cannot live better than in seeking to
I know you won't believe me, but the highest form of Human
question oneself and others.
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you
desire to appear.
Thank not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but
those who kindly reprove thy faults.
By all means
marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll
happy; if you get a bad one,
you’ll become a philosopher.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
The secret of
happiness is not found in
seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.
He who is not contented with what he has,
would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
You should eat to live; not live to eat.
An honest man is always a child.
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 true
wisdom is in knowing you
teach anybody anything. I can only make them
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
The only good is
and the only evil is ignorance.
Every action has its pleasures and its price.
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their
poetry, but a kind of instinct or
inspiration, such as
you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime
messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
The Three Socratic Principles
The three principles described
below are the basis of all of Socrates teachings. Socrates
advocated self-understanding and felt so strongly about it that
he deemed it more important than any other pursuit in
These principles are what Socrates thought were the most
important goals of philosophy.
Pursue Your Life's Purpose
Strive to discover
who you are, what is
your life mission, and what you are trying to become. It is necessary
to lead a responsible and fully awake
you don't try to figure out who you are and what you
believe then you are content to just exist and what's the
point in that? What is the worth in your existence?
your time in
improving yourself by other men's writings so that
you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for."
2. Care for
The most important task in life is
caring for your soul. Your soul is the real person, who you
really are. It is the center of your
character and what makes
you who you are. It is the basis of your
The most important task you face is
realizing your potential as a person, who you are. The state of
your soul makes you either foolish or wise. Just like the body,
the soul should be kept healthy. An unhealthy soul is
ignorant of the true priorities in life. You can keep your soul
healthy by introspection and
ridding yourself of ignorance.
"He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the
wealth of nature."
3. Be a good person
you will not be harmed by outside forces
If your soul is good, then
outside forces cannot not harm you. If the most important
part of you is your soul and the soul is not physical but inward
then it cannot be harmed. The body may be harmed by another
person, but the soul cannot unless you allow yourself to become
susceptible to others.
Search constantly for
wisdom by way of practicing self-evaluation if you wish your
soul to be liberated from outside harm.
"Envy is the
ulcer of the soul."
The Socratic method is a major
contribution to the
Western philosophy. Socrates applied his
dialectic method of inquiry largely to the examination of key
moral concepts such as the Good and Justice.
Socrates is considered to be the
father of political philosophy, ethics or moral philosophy, and
as a figurehead of all the central themes in
Socrates also developed an
effective approach to
He would break a problem down into a series of questions, the
answers to which gradually distill the answer a person would
seek. The influence of this approach is strongly felt today in
the use of some scientific methods as well as in business
applications, such as the
Socrates (469 BC–399 BC) was a classical Greek
Athenian philosopher. Credited as one of the founders of
Western philosophy, he
is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the writings of his students
Xenophon, and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes.
referred to as one of the
wisest men to have ever lived, Socrates sought to use
philosophy as a way to discover how we should live if we were to be truly
fulfilled and successful human beings.
would trade all of my technology for an afternoon with Socrates.
2. Socrates's Teachings: Three Socratic Principles, Phantom Rose