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|Yet at the same time, he claims to possess a kind of wisdom, as was just seen: (2) |
"What kind of wisdom? ... So Socrates is not such a sceptic as it might seem from
his saying: 'I know one thing only, namely that I know nothing besides this one ...
|His only claim to wisdom was that he was fully conscious of his own ignorance. |
He used to say 'one thing I only know, and that is that I know nothing." It was just
like the old Indian mystic saying 'When I knew nothing I thought I knew everything
|The day Socrates declared this — "I know only one thing, that I know nothing" — |
the oracle at the Delphi temple declared: "Socrates is the greatest wise man alive
." Those who heard this rushed to Socrates. They said, "Now, this is a paradox.
|The sophism of the liar is, incidentally, not the only example of a paradoxical self-|
referential statement. When Socrates says, “I know only one thing, and that is that
I know nothing,” he is undoubtedly aware that he is uniting in one sentence ...
|I am perfectly happy doing my thing, and I am perfectly happy that he is doing his |
thing. S Many people have asked me ... H Socrates is reported to have said in his
last days, "I know only one thing, that I T know nothing." This is enlightenment ...
|Buddha has not known a single thing. ... That's what Buddha calls nirvana— to |
know nothing, or to know only nothing. ... and discovers that he knows nothing,
that he only knows one thing, that he knows nothing— he is the innocent one.
|(ermine us to choose one thing rather than another: for without that we should |
continue always in uncertainty and inaction. ... known, nothing determined with
certainty, not even what Socrates had exnept«d in saying ; " I know only one thing
|That could be so in regard to the things that I think, but not for the fact that I think |
them. And through this power of thinking—which so far is revealed to me only by
the power of doubting—I know that I am. I have power ... But this opposition
between “to act” and “to be acted upon” is premature; for I know only one power,
that of doubting—a power whose exercise nothing can obstruct. It is not that most
|As science continues to uncover more questions than answers about the |
universe, we arrive at the same conclusion that Socrates did two thousand five
hundred years ago when he said, "I know only one thing, that I know nothing".
|I believe that I am in the position, in this final chapter, to end it with something |
somewhat more exciting than the Socratic 'one thing only I know and that is that I
know nothing', or, as the endocrinologist Louis Gooren put it in a somewhat less ...