How much there is in the world I do not want,
who knows the utility of futility?
awake, arise, or be forever fallen,

what soon grows old? gratitude…
all men by nature desire knowledge,
education is the best provision for old age.

does piety requires us to honor truth
above our friends?

well begun is half done,
creation is the same as destruction,
we flatter ourselves.

each mortal thing does one thing
and the same; you should go
to a pear tree for pears,
not to an elm.

may I hold you, as I sink,
with my failing hand?


Let the speaker speak truly and the judge decide justly
…because they were good workmen they also knew all sorts of high matters, and this defect in them overshadowed their wisdom.
He, O men, is the wisest, who, like Socrates, knows that his wisdom is in truth worth nothing
but the truth is, O men of Athens, that God only is wise;
this villainous misleader of youth,
the envy and detraction of the world,
no one knows whether death may not be the greatest good,