Monday, 28 September 2015

Socrates Quotes on Death

Socrates was a Classical Greek philosopher from the city of Athens. He is often considered to be the father of Greek philosophy and one of the founders of Western philosophy.

Since we have no writings of Socrates, we have to draw on the works of Plato, Xenophon and Aristophanes to learn of Socrates philosophy. Plato's dialogues is considered to be the most comprehensive account of Socrates and is the source from which we derive many of Socrates quotes.

Socrates is particularly known for the Socratic method of teaching which bears his name. The Socratic method is still in use today and involves the teacher asking a series of questions rather than simply presenting the answer. In the Socratic method, the teacher introduces a series of questions in order to lead the pupils to arrive at the correct answer on their own.
Socrates is also well known for his contributions to the fields of ethics, epistemology and logic. His ideas and methods remain very prevalent in Western philosophy even today.

While Socrates is considered to be the founder of Western philosophy, few really know his teachings. We have created this collection of Socrates quotes to help introduce the wisdom of this 5th century B.C. Greek philosopher to the 21st century A.D. world.

Socrates is considered by many to be the greatest of all the Greek philosophers. His outlook on life and death is dramatically different than the light “philosophies” that seem to prevail in the 21stcentury. Socrates never feared death. In fact, he embraced it knowing that divine providence has decreed both life and death for everyone. Here is a collection of Socrates quotes on death:
  • We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.

  • To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?

  • The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.

  • All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.

  • The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.

  • 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.

  • For the fear of death is indeed the pretense of wisdom, and not real wisdom, being a pretense of knowing the unknown; and no one know whether death, which men in their fear apprehend to be the greatest evil, may not be the greatest good. Is not this ignorance of a disgraceful sort, the ignorance which is the conceit that a man knows that he does not know? And in this respect only I believe myself to differ from men in general, and may perhaps claim to be wiser than they are: that whereas I know but little of the world below, I do not suppose that I know…

  • Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

  • Be of good cheer about death, and know this of a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.

  • I drank what?


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