A Woodland Bookshop: The Memorable Thoughts of Socrates - By Xenophon -Xenophon was a Greek historian who lived in the fifth century BC. His name survives because he was an admirer and contemporary of the philosopher Socrates, whose dialogues he recorded and preserved for future generations. 'Socrates is one of the most significant of the classic Greek philosophers, and in many respects he is justly considered to be the father of western philosophy. This high esteem in which he is held comes primarily from the works of Plato, the most important of all of Socrates' followers and disciples, and a giant of philosophy in his own right. Socrates never set out to write down any of his own ideas and thoughts, instead devoting all of his philosophical activity to public lectures and discussions. These discussions in particular have left a memorable impression on Socrates' followers. Plato has immortalized them in his writing, and all of the reasoning that he employed was in form of these "Socratic dialogues." Nonetheless, it is never entirely clear how much of the words that Plato attributed to Socrates were really his own, and to what extent did Plato use a figure of Socrates as a narrative and polemical device. As already mentioned, Socrates never wrote anything himself, and there are only a few other contemporary sources that strove to record any of his pronouncements or ideas. In that regard, "Memorable Thoughts of Socrates" by Xenophon is an invaluable source of information.'