Knowing that you know nothing - Socrates explains
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Knowing that you know nothing - Socrates explains

Socrates is considered the founder of Western philosophy. Even though there are no records of him personally, he is mentioned in many of Plato's writings. One of the most famous quotes of Socrates is "I know that I know nothing". By this Socrates does not mean that he knows absolutely nothing, he merely draws attention to the problem that ever...

The Meaning Behind Quotations: Aurelius on Pride and Sorrow
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The Meaning Behind Quotations: Aurelius on Pride and Sorrow

How calm and grounded do you think you would be if you were not influenced by pride or sadness? For years I have been preoccupied with this idea, which is also a strong focus in the School of Stoics. The philosopher, Roman general, and emperor Marcus Aurelius recorded an admonition that leads to just such a guarded approach to gain and...

Quotes Explained: Marcus Aurelius on Acceptance and Destiny
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Quotes Explained: Marcus Aurelius on Acceptance and Destiny

Roman history is full of mad and brutal emperors, but there were also those who were considered wise and rather peaceful in nature. Marcus Aurelius is considered to be just such a representative. By practicing Stoicism, he had a certain prudence and serenity. The following quotation reflects exactly that. We will take a closer look...

Marcus Aurelius on the pursuit of recognition
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Marcus Aurelius on the pursuit of recognition

Marcus Aurelius (or Marcus Aurelius) is not only considered a kind-hearted Roman emperor (161 to 180 AD) but also, along with Seneca and Epictetus, one of the last representatives of the late Stoics. He was considered to be very prudent, in keeping with his philosophical outlook. This is also reflected in his following quote. If you knew from which...