Socrates On Fatherhood
I was listening to a sermon from last Monday by Chuck Swindol about fatherhood and he quoted from Socrates. He described the quote as most likely the best words the philosopher ever spoke. As I heard it I just wanted to write it down.
This is the quote:
“Could I climb the highest place in Athens I would lift my voice and proclaim, ‘Fellow citizens why do you turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of you children to whom one day you must relinquish it all.’ ”
Swindol continued on to say, “Making a living is important, making a life is more. . . Your children will never remember what you made but they’ll remember who you were.”
Socrates lived from 470 BC to 399 BC (70 years) in Athens. He was a Greek philosopher whose way of life, character, and thought exerted a profound influence on ancient and modern philosophy.