Socrates (c.469 – c.399 BC) One of the pivotal ancient Greek philosophers. Who is today famous for many things not least the Socratic method of questioning every preconception. He sought to draw his followers into thinking about questions of life through a series of question. His philosophy was spread by his pupil Plato and recorded in Plato’s seminal work: “Republic.”

And he did say:

An unexamined life is not worth living.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.

When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.

By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.

The Death of Socrates
The Death of Socrates
by Jacques-Louis David (1787)