What Socrates Did Differently: 9 Life Lessons

He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.

Gratitude and appreciation for the smallest things that make our life so extraordinary. Gratitude is the most powerful practice there is to lead a happy and content life, as we learn to see everything around us with more appreciation.

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

In the end, we can be life-long learners and even another lifetime would not be enough to learn everything there is to learn. As human emotions are even more complex and differ from human to human, we never stop learning. So as soon as we understand that we really only know what pertains to our little world, we are that much wiser. So keep an open mind when meeting people. Be open for new experiences and don’t ever believe you’ve got it all figured out. Nobody has!

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.

Be authentic, be true to yourself and with this able to build on your own natural strengths and talents.

Let him that would move the world first move himself.

You have nothing under control, besides how you react to a situation. You can learn, develop and grow. You cannot make other people to do that. So if you want to see change in your world that you can control, you need to change yourself. And if you have done that you might be able to inspire some other people along the way and create some ripple effects that will after all change the world.

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.

Live a happy life on your own terms and don’t cave to expectations that society or your environment pressures your with. Instead, figure out, what an enjoyable life means to you and then go ahead and live that happy life based on your personal principles.

If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.

Life cannot be always controlled or planned. Life will throw you a curveball now and again. If things go your way, you won’t be able to hold on to that feeling forever. And if things go bad, well, they’re bad. The only thing you can do is let go of feeling helpless and find a way back to living that happy life on your terms. Cause in the end, it’s about living well.

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

We all have something in common. We are human beings and we all have emotions. What differentiates us is the way we look, out story and our own set of rules. But instead of judging, be like Socrates, be a citizen of the world and learn about other peoples way of life and open yourself up to all those fascinating insights.

To find yourself, think for yourself.

Findig yourself is all about turning to the inside and really listening to what your heart tells you. It’s a conversation that you need to have with yourself. Nobody else can or should tell you who you are. You may learn a little something about yourself through interacting with someone. But in the end, time spent just with yourself and your thoughts will give you a good idea about who you are as a human being.

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

Never stop asking questions. Never stop being open to meeting new people or making new experiences. Once you do that, you will never stop learning, which can be so inspirational, as you are able to learn from many different people along your journey.

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