Favorite Quotes From the Apology of Socrates by Plato

Socrates:

You are wrong…if you think that a man who is any good at all should take into account the risk of life or death; he should look to this only in his actions, whether what he does is right or wrong, whether he is acting like a good man or a bad man.

To fear death…is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they know that it is the greatest of all evils.

Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.

It is not difficult to avoid death…it is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death.

There is good hope that death is a blessing, for it is one of two things: either the dead are nothing and have no perception of anything, or it is, as we are told, a change and a relocating for the soul from here to another place. If it is complete lack of perception, like a dreamless sleep, then death would be a great advantage. For I think that if one had to pick out that night during which a man slept soundly, and did not dream, put beside it the other nights and days of his life, and then see how many nights and days had been better and more pleasant than that night, not only a private person but the great king would find them easy to count compared with the other days and nights. If death is like this I would say it is an advantage, for all eternity would then seem to be no more than a single night. If, on the other hand, death is a change from here to another place and what we are told is true and all who have died are there, what greater blessing could there be.[goes on to think of all the heroes and gods of past and legend who he would speak to]

Now the hour to part has come. I go to die, you go to live. Which of us goes to to better lot is known to no one, except the god.

Published by Devin Hogg

My name is Devin Hogg. I was born and raised in Carnarvon, Ontario, Canada. I moved to Guelph, Ontario, Canada in 2009 for university and lived here ever since. In my free time, I enjoy reading, watching TV and movies, going on long walks, swimming, and practicing Chen style Tai Chi. I love to write poetry and blog regularly about topics such as mental health, sci-fi/fantasy series, faith, sexuality, and politics.

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