Personal Quotation Essay

Please choose and discuss a quotation or personal motto that reflects your values and beliefs and tells us something about the kind of person you are.


“The unexamined life is not worth living.” -Socrates

As a Philosophy major, perhaps it is of little surprise that I chose this quotation. Nevertheless, I do believe it conveys better than any other who I am and what I value. If Socrates was at all correct in his assertion, then I vainly suppose my life is quite worth living. In every way, I believe myself to be a philosopher—an odd claim, no doubt, for any college student to make. And yet I think it is not; and I believe those who know me best would agree. For even into the most leisurely settings, I inject my examinations of life and its purpose, of ethics and God. While my roommate plays mix tapes of Lil’ Wayne, I retaliate with audio books of Nietzsche or BBC radio clips of Bertrand Russell (although I do like Lil’ Wayne). My ponderings seem susceptible to no context or setting; neither to breakfast nor dinner, nor the treadmill or my bed before sleep. The very last conversation with my mother was the teleological approach of Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics. And with my father, a lecture on Aquinas’ Summa Theologica. Perhaps it is worth noting that my mother could, only with great difficulty spell ‘Aristotle,’ and as for my father, he would be fortunate to place the life...

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