Some forgotten sayings of Socrates

The second year of this pandemic is coming to an end and if you are reading this, you are still alive having avoided death by the pandemic, death by the police and if you are a Kenyan death by a myriad of things from flash floods to hunger depending on where you live or how well you pray to the different gods. But before we get to the business of this post, I take this great opportunity to wish you all a happy and cheerful holiday season. Stay alive!

Leisure is the most valuable of possessions

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

Riches and high birth have nothing estimable in them, on the contrary, they are wholly evil.

On why he was learning to play the lyre, he said, it was not absurd to learn anything that one did not know.

Those who bought things out of season at an extravagant price did not expect to live till the proper season for them.

What was the virtue of a young man? โ€˜To avoid excess in everything.โ€™

Should one marry or not? Whichever you do, you will repent it, was his advice.

Young man, keep constantly looking at the mirror, for if you are handsome, you might worthy of the beauty, and if ugly, you might conceal the unsightly appearance by their accomplishments.

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As Onyango Makagutu I am Kenyan, as far as I am a man, I am a citizen of the world

14 thoughts on “Some forgotten sayings of Socrates

  1. Carmen says:

    All the best to you and yours, Mak and youโ€™ll soon be getting another birthday!

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  2. And don’t forget this famous quote from Socrates, Mak: “Goddammit! These friggin’ cheap-ass Greek sandals are for SHIT!!! The goddamn straps keep breaking leaving me barefoot! This SUCKS!!!” Wise man that Socrates. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Tish Farrell says:

    All the very best to you, Mak.


  4. Hope your holidays are merry Mak!


  5. Barry says:

    Should one marry or not? Whichever you do, you will repent it“. Did Socrates give any indication on how long before repent occurs? Been married fifty years, and it hasn’t occurred yet. Time is running out ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for the mode of dying, in Aotearoa, it’s more likely to be by earthquake or volcanic eruption than any of the possibilities you mentioned.


  6. Epi B says:

    The second quote reminds me of MLK’s legendary words: “There is nothing more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity”


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