1) Socrates: "I
only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then
they might have an unlimited power for doing good, which would be a splendid
thing, if it were so. Actually they have neither. They cannot make a man wise or
stupid; they simply act at random."
2) Socrates: "I
cannot abandon the principles which I used to hold in the past simply because
this accident has happened to me."
3) Socrates: ".what
we ought to consider is not so much what people in general will say about us but
how we stand with the expert in right and wrong, the one authority, who
represents the actual truth."
4) Socrates: ".one
must not even do wrong when one is wronged, which most people regard as the
5) Socrates: "Do
you imagine that a city can continue to exist and not be turned upside down, if
the legal judgments which are pronounced in it have no force but are nullified
and destroyed by private persons?"
6) Socrates: ".If
you cannot persuade your country you must do whatever it orders, and patiently
submit to any punishment that it imposes."
7) Socrates: ".integrity,
institutions and laws, are the most precious possessions of mankind."
8) Socrates: ".You
will leave this place.as the victim of a wrong done not by us; the laws, but
by your fellow men."
9) Socrates: ".the
sound of their arguments rings so loudly in my head that I cannot hear the other
"Then give it up, Crito, and let us follow this course, since God points
out the way."