Phaedo: Top Ten Quotes

“But the sensible man would want always to remain with one better than himself.” (Socrates)

“I am afraid that other people do not realize that the one aim of those who practice philosophy in the proper manner is to practice for dying and death.” (Socrates)

“For whenever it attempts to examine anything with the body, it is clearly deceived by it.” (Socrates)

“when men are interrogated in the right manner, they always give the right answer of their own accord, and they could not do this if they did not possess the knowledge and the right explanation inside them.” (Cebes)

“These equal things and the Equal itself are therefore not the same?” (Socrates)

“Then before we began to see or hear or otherwise perceive, we must have possessed knowledge of the Equal itself if we were about to refer our sense perceptions of equal objects to it, and realized that all of them were eager to be like it, but were inferior.” (Socrates)

“If then one wished to know the cause of each thing, why it comes to be or perishes or exists, one had to find what was the best way for it to be or to be acted upon, or to act.” (Socrates)

“either it flees and retreats whenever its opposite, the short, approaches, or it is destroyed by its approach.” (Socrates)

“Then when death comes to man, the mortal part of him dies, it seems, but his deathless part goes away safe and indestructible, yielding the place to death.” (Socrates)

“I believe, as perhaps you do, that precise knowledge on that subject is impossible or extremely difficult in our present life, but that it surely shows a very poor spirit not to examine thoroughly what is said about it, and to desist before one is exhausted by an all-round investigation.” (Simmias)