“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” ~ Socrates – A favorite strategy of lame politicians throughout history.
“If you want to be wrong then follow the masses.” ~ Socrates – Masses are right in the middle, but they don’t know when to get off the train before it goes over the cliff.
“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” ~ Socrates – Be humble and stay curious, you know much less about much more than you think.
“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.” ~ Socrates – I have seen enough smiling faces in enough desperately poor countries to know that getting more money and more stuff is not the real answer we should be seeking. Look into Minimalism. Control of your time is worth much more than more clutter.
“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is a habit.” ~ Socrates – Focusing on something meaningful to you each day will soon bring tangible and intangible benefits. Shut out the noise.
“To find yourself, think for yourself.” ~ Socrates – Introspection is tough in this modern age of smartphones and constant virtual distractions.
“No one can teach, if by teaching we mean the transmission of knowledge, in any mechanical fashion, from one person to another. The most that can be done is that one person who is more knowledgeable than another can, by asking a series of questions, stimulate the other to think, and so cause him to learn for himself.” ~ Socrates – Thank you, Socrates! My favorite teaching technique is asking a series of questions to get my students to understand and internalize what I am trying to convey. Teaching is so much more than just ‘feeding the ducks’.
“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates – Take a long walk and take a long look at your life. We are all on a one-way street to the graveyard, make sure your trip counts.
“I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.” ~ Socrates – Don’t believe everything you read on the Internet, except for my blog:)
“Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding onto.” ~ Socrates – Move to a different country or at least to a different part of your country.
“There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.” ~ Socrates – And none more difficult to acquire.
“Silence is a profound melody, for those who can hear it above all the noise.” ~ Socrates – Go for a hike or ride a bike, preferably somewhere where cars aren’t allowed.
“To move the world we must move ourselves.” ~ Socrates – Everything and all things begins and ends with you.
“Yesterday is about experience; tomorrow is about hope; today is about transitioning from one to the other. The happiest people on earth don’t have the best of everything… they make the best of everything.” ~ Socrates – Do something different today to make a difference tomorrow.
“Do it because it’s in your heart. Not because you want something in return. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” ~ Socrates – I confess I have been too busy to read books lately. I will take advantage of the summer slowdown to get back to my beloved book collection.