I am called wise, for my hearers always imagine that I myself possess
wisdom which I find wanting in others: but the truth is, O men of
Athens, that God only is wise; and in this oracle he means to say that the wisdom of men is little or nothing...
as if he said, He, O men, is the wisest, who like Socrates, knows that
his wisdom is in truth worth nothing. And so I go on my way, obedient to
the god, and make inquisition into anyone, whether citizen or stranger,
who appears to be wise; and if he is not wise, then in vindication of
the oracle I show him that he is not wise; and this occupation quite
absorbs me, and I have no time to give either to any public matter of
interest or to any concern of my own, but I am in utter poverty by
reason of my devotion to the god.