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  • In his Dialogues, Plato quotes Socrates as saying, "The unexamined life is not worth living."
  • In another 2,400 ears, even Socrates, the most well-known genius of that century, might he forgotten.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • He may be sentenced to death, but he can die nobly, like Socrates.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • "It’s really kind of a beautiful story—like Abraham Lincoln or Socrates—or Asian."
    Katherine Paterson  --  Bridge to Terabithia

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  • "Socrates," Ree answered promptly.
    Anne Tayler  --  A Spool of Blue Thread
  • The Banner ran articles on man martyred by society: Socrates, Galileo, Pasteur, the thinkers, the scientists, a long, heroic line—each a man who stood alone, the man who defied men.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • CYRANO: I tell you, it is there, There, that they send me for my Paradise, There I shall find at last the souls I love, In exile,—Galileo—Socrates!
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Aspasia was a creature in whom two extremes of womanhood met; she was the goddess prostitute; Socrates plus Manon Lescaut.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • I already knew a Socrates.
    Sylvia Plath  --  The Bell Jar
  • We make the Sophists: He raises up a Socrates to answer them.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters

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  • A hundred writers since Socrates, Seneca, St. Augustine, and Gall, have made, in verse and prose, the comparison you have made, and yet I can well understand that a father’s sufferings may effect great changes in the mind of a son.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • What useful discovery did Socrates learn from Xanthippe?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • It had been for this same reason that Socrates had refused to formally participate in the Eleusinian Mysteries.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • I had the honour to have much conversation with Brutus; and was told, "that his ancestor Junius, Socrates, Epaminondas, Cato the younger, Sir Thomas More, and himself were perpetually together:" a sextumvirate, to which all the ages of the world cannot add a seventh.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • Socrates wisest is she who knows she does not know Sophie put on a summer dress and hurried down to the kitchen.
    Jostein Gaarder  --  Sophie’s World
  • Mine is the God of Socrates, of Franklin, of Voltaire, and of Beranger!
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary
  • And therefore, if they want to depict, not God, but a revolutionist or a sage, let them take from history a Socrates, a Franklin, a Charlotte Corday, but not Christ.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  Anna Karenina
  • As Socrates so philosophically put it, since we don’t know what death is, it is illogical to fear it.
    Tom Stoppard  --  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
  • One wonders what Socrates and St. Francis of Assisi would say to this.
    W. E. B. Du Bois  --  The Souls of Black Folk
  • I’m not sure Socrates wouldn’t have, for that matter.
    J.D. Salinger  --  Franny and Zooey
  • If the boy had replied like Alcibiades, "By the gods, Socrates, I cannot tell," his grandfather would not have been surprised, but when, after standing a moment on one leg, like a meditative young stork, he answered, in a tone of calm conviction, "In my little belly," the old gentleman could only join in Grandma’s laugh, and dismiss the class in metaphysics.
    Louisa May Alcott  --  Little Women
  • All but Socrates himself, ugly as an old dog, they tell us.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • Here I saw both Socrates and Plato, who before the others stand nearest to him; Democritus, who ascribes the world to chance; Diogenes, Anaxagoras, and Thales, Empedocles, Heraclitus, and Zeno; and I saw the good collector of the qualities, Dioscorides, I mean; and I saw Orpheus, Tully, and Linus, and moral Seneca, Euclid the geometer, and Ptolemy, Hippocrates, Avicenna, Galen, and Averrhoes, who made the great comment.
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante’s Inferno
  • As Socrates understood, the inequality of values is constant.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • The antient philosophers, such as Socrates, Alcibiades, and others, did not use to argue with their scholars.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • I should like to have been a Greek and fought the Persians, and then have come home and have written tragedies, or else have been listened to by everybody for my wisdom, like Socrates, and have died a grand death.
    George Eliot  --  The Mill on the Floss
  • Socrates was a famous Greek teacher who went around giving people advice.
    Richard Lederer  --  A Brief History of the World
  • A philosopher once wrote that everything in my work is unverifiable speculation and called me a ’pseudo-Socrates.’
    Milan Kundera  --  The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Imitate Jesus and Socrates.
    Benjamin Franklin  --  The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Through the mountainous questions of reality and knowledge had passed great figures of civilization, some of whom, like Socrates and Aristotle and Newton and Einstein, were known to almost everyone, but most of whom were far more obscure.
    Robert M. Pirsig  --  Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  • And this shall suffice for an example of the Errors, which are brought into the Church, from the Entities, and Essences of Aristotle: which it may be he knew to be false Philosophy; but writ it as a thing consonant to, and corroborative of their Religion; and fearing the fate of Socrates.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • Plato would have approved of him as an example of the philosopher-statesman, though Sen did not altogether approve of Plato, whom he suspected of grossly misrepresenting Socrates.
    Arthur C. Clarke  --  Childhood’s End
  • Signior Hortensio, ’twixt such friends as we Few words suffice; and therefore, if thou know One rich enough to be Petruchio’s wife, As wealth is burden of my wooing dance, Be she as foul as was Florentius’ love, As old as Sibyl, and as curst and shrewd As Socrates’ Xanthippe or a worse, She moves me not, or not removes, at least, Affection’s edge in me, were she as rough As are the swelling Adriatic seas: I come to wive it wealthily in Padua; If wealthily, then happily in Padua.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • To a degree, academic freedom is a reality today because Socrates practiced civil disobedience.
    Martin Luther King, Jr.  --  Letter from a Birmingham Jail
  • Mrs. Yeobright was far too thoughtful a woman to be content with ready definitions, and, like the "What is wisdom?" of Plato’s Socrates, and the "What is truth?" of Pontius Pilate, Yeobright’s burning question received no answer.
    Thomas Hardy  --  The Return of the Native
  • But in its day the City of Poets was fair indeed, a bit of Socrates’s Athens with the intellectual excitement of Renaissance Venice, the artistic fervor of Paris in the days of the Impressionists, the true democracy of the first decade of Orbit City, and the unlimited future of Tau Ceti Center.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • Our whole civilization was a cemetery where Jesus Christ and Socrates, Mozart and Haydn, Dante and Goethe were but the indecipherable names on moldering stones; and the mourners who stood round affecting a pretence of sorrow would give much to believe in these inscriptions which once were holy, or at least to utter one heart-felt word of grief and despair about this world that is no more.
    Hermann Hesse  --  Steppenwolf
  • Yes, indeed, Socrates; at least, if they will listen to me.
    Richard Adams  --  Watership Down
  • The Trial of Socrates, by Doug Linder.
    Doug Linder  --  The Trial of Socrates
  • Let’s leave Socrates to his Xanthippe.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • One guy said he’d like to be a gadfly, like Socrates.
    ZZ Packer  --  Drinking Coffee Elsewhere
  • Had every Athenian citizen been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Even if every Athenian citizen had been a Socrates, every Athenian assembly would still have been a mob.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • If Socrates had had—But wait!
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • He believed in valiance, and he hoped that, like Socrates, he would do nothing mean or common in the hour of danger.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • Therefore Socrates is a cat.
    Eugene Ionesco  --  Rhinoceros
  • "Socrates," said Jason.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Socrates?
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • Even Plato and Boswell, as the dramatists who invented Socrates and Dr Johnson, impress me more deeply than the romantic playwrights.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • CHAPUYS (Awkward beneath his sudden keen regard) May I not come simply to pay my respects to the English Socrates-as I see your angelic friend Erasmus calls you.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
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