Socrates invented the art of cultivating a beautiful soul, perhaps because he was been born with such a famously ugly face.
S is for Swinburne, who, seeking the true, the good, and the beautiful, visits the zoo, Where he chances on Sappho and Mr. Sardou, And Socrates, all with the same end in view.
Ancient philosophy proposed to mankind an art of living. By contrast, modern philosophy appears above all as the construction of a technical jargon reserved for specialists.
Socrates had no system to teach. Throughout, his philosophy was a spiritual exercise, an invitation to a new way of life, active reflection, and living consciousness.