Socrates, salah satu filsuf terkenal Yunani, pernah mengatakan: Kita tidak bisa mengajari seseorang, namun kita bisa membuatnya berpikir. Ia lalu akan menggunakan kebijaksanaan yang dimiliki di dalam dirinya. Dengan begitu, kita telah membantu membukakan matanya, bahwa mereka juga terlahir dengan sayap, dan bisa terbang setinggi-tingginya.

Berikut adalah 18 Pelajaran Hidup dari Socrates:

1. True wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Kebijaksanaan sesungguhnya adalah dengan menyadari bahwa kita tidak mengetahui apa-apa

“I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.” ~ Socrates

“To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.” ~ Socrates

“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” ~ Socrates

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” ~ Socrates

2. Be as you wish to seem. Jadilah seperti apa yang kau inginkan.

“The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.” ~ Socrates

3. Nothing changes until you do. Tidak ada hal yang akan berubah, sampai kamu merubahnya.

“Let him that would move the world first move himself.” ~ Socrates

“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.” ~ Socrates

4. Virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. Kebajikan tidak didapatkan dengan uang, tetapi dengan kebajikan akan datang uang dan hal-lain yang bermanfaat.

“I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.” ~ Socrates

5. Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings. Perbuatlah waktumu untuk memberbaiki diri, dengan belajar dari pengalaman orang lain.

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” ~ Socrates

6. Those who realize that they have enough, are truly rich. Mereka yang menyadari hidupnya berkecukupan, sebenarnyalah kaya.

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” ~ Socrates

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.” ~ Socrates

7. Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. Makanlah untuk hidup, bukan hidup untuk makan.

“Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.” ~ Socrates

8. Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. Yang harus diusahakan bukan hanya sekedar hidup, namun hidup yang baik.

“The unexamined life is not worth living.” ~ Socrates

“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.” ~ Socrates

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