SocratesSocrates, (469-399 B.C.) Greek philosopher

Socrates Quote

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, I am a citizen of the world.”

~ Socrates

Ratings and Comments

Robert, Sarasota

O my God, if only everyone had this sentiment there would be no more wars

Terry Berg, Occidental, CA

Of course, they made him drink poison hemlock. It's a tradeoff. - LOL

David L. Rosenthal, Hollywood

Terry beat me to the punch. And if everybody had this sentiment, we would still be in Eden.

Joe, Rochester, MI

Socialism asks me to deny my God given rights, and I'd rather be murdered by this police state than to surrender even one right. It makes sense that you socialist/communist/collectivist/anti-Americans would give this peace/harmony/love the world quote 5 stars. You'll change your mind when the BATFE breaks down your front door at 3:00 a.m. and arrests you simply because you were overheard saying "I can understand why the terrorists hate America" ... you citizens of the world will be considered terrorists because of your thoughts.

Terry Berg, Occidental, CA

What on EARTH does 'socialism' have to do with this quote? Maybe SOME thought is STILL better than NO thought. I mean, what exactly does "I'd rather be murdered by this police state than to surrender even one right" mean anyway? Helo-oo, anybody home?

E Archer, NYC

I'm just a visitor of the world. I won't be staying.

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Anonymous    3/12/09

Nice sentiment, Socrates.

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    Anonymous    5/13/09

    In other words, no matter where I'm from or what I believe, I am a human being and I have rights (like the right to have shelter and the right to not starve). This isn't socialism. This is a fact.

    E Archer, NYC

    A citizen of the world has NO CLAIM to the treasury or the neighbors' property, Anonymous. 'Rights' do not require any one else to support. There is no right to shelter or food -- there is a responsiblity of every person to provide for themselves or possibly die -- that is a fact. An honest wage for an honest day's work -- that is a natural law if I ever heard one...

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      Anonymous    5/17/09

      Archer, see the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights, Article 11, Sections 1 and 2. "The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to an adequate standard of living for himself and his family, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions."

      Mike, Norwalk

      I am a child of God, being a joint heir with Christ, my kingdom is also not of this world. My so sojourn on this orb is that of a sovereign individual with inalienable rights. Though my straw man may at times get a little physical - it is the straw man that may act with the citizens of the world

      cal, lewisville, tx

      It does seem like we are coming to a ONE WORLD government.

      Robert, Somewhere in Europe

      Seven stars: He was given the option to recant or just move into the country but his integrity was such so great he drank the hemlock. As Socrates didn't actually write anything down, his followers and Plato, in essence, became his voice and storyteller.... One of my heroes.....

      Robert, Somewhere in Europe

      Joe, grow-up.... and leave your ego at the door...

      jim k, Austin

      This may have been fine in Socrates world but not in mine. I'm a citizen of America and Texas and this quote smacks of one world government.

      Ronw13, Yachats Or

      Tribal communities being overthrown by a tyrannical few, seeking to dominate the world. Man can screw up a crowbar in a sand box. Free indigenous people of the world we are, regardless of the mix. Everyone is just passing through. We fast approach uncontrollable events, like gravity, they just move along like a clock. Divide and overthrow. I'm with Mike and Archer on this one ! The pause ( Paul ) a watchmakers term that withholds till due time. Setting a stage up before the next act. Socrates was standing against the few wanting to control the many, identifying himself with the many people of the soil. Whether solitary or not Jim. Remove the natal agent from their natural environment creates a dependent. This nation was established to allow the natal agent to return to the soil without oppression. Peace and Liberty. Well said Mike ! I give the quote five stars because it is true.

      A B Hall, Friday Harbor WA

      Socrates' "world" had no government or governance. His acknowledged place in philosophy was that of a SOVEREIGN
      INDIVIDUAL, and his record transcended mere cities or states. And, oh!, by the way ... excepting that wars have heretofore been largely affairs of states (Islamic Terrorism being a possible exception) ... what evidence prompts the suggestion that "world" (presumably without city states or modern states) would be any less prone to war?


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