Know yourself. Γνῶθι σεαυτόν.

Γνῶθι σεαυτόν.

You are the only one who truly knows what is in your mind, what you feel, what you desire, what you crave, and what your passions are. Apply this maxim to your daily life and then to your whole life. What do you want to do with your life? Are you doing it right now or have you put it on hold? If you were to die tomorrow, did you accomplish what you wanted to do? Are you the person you wanted to be? Then if not, know yourself, and go out and do what you truly want to accomplish. Be who you truly want to be, not what someone else wants you to be.

Plato employs the maxim ‘Know Thyself’ extensively by having the character of Socrates use it to motivate his dialogues. Plato makes it clear that Socrates is referring to a long-established wisdom. Benjamin Jowett’s index to his translation of the Dialogues of Plato lists six dialogues which discuss or explore the saying of Delphi: ‘know thyself.’ These dialogues (and the Stephanus numbers indexing the pages where these discussions begin) are Charmides (164D), Protagoras (343B), Phaedrus (229E), Philebus (48C), Laws (II.923A), Alcibiades I (124A, 129A, 132C). {Taken from Wikipedia}.


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