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Socrates

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QUOTATIONS ARCHIVE

This Quotations Archive contains words from famous and some not so famous people who have expressed a sense of love, compassion, and respect for all of God's creation: for people, for animals, and for the environment.  They speak of our teaching methods and philosophy.  They speak of a lifestyle of non-violence. They seek to eliminate cruelty and suffering.  They seek to wake us up.   They seek to give us hope.

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(469 - 399 BCE)
Greek Philosopher

“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.”

“Let he that would move the world, first move himself.”

“I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties but, and chiefly, to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.”

“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”

“Thou should eat to live; not live to eat.”
“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.”

“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.”

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”