“…to ask the Divine for riches and honors is much like asking to wage a battle or to play dice without knowing the goal of the battle or of the game.”
“Since the need for nothing is a prerogative held only by the Divine, I consider that the fewer needs one has, the closer to Divinity’s condition one becomes.”
“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.”
About the painting:
This picture depicts the closing moments of the life of Socrates. Condemned to death or exile by the Athenian government for his teaching methods which aroused skepticism and impiety in his students, Socrates heroically rejected exile and [in defiance], accepted death from hemlock (bc.org).
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