All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won't be persuaded by me, taking it that I am ionizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable for a human being, you will be even less persuaded.
Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.
The Delphic oracle said I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
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.
I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
What a lot of things there are a man can do without.
Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.