Socrates says, “For neither in war nor yet at law ought any man to use every way of escaping death.” and “The difficulty, my friends, is not in avoiding death, but in avoiding unrighteousness; for that runs faster than death.”
I only hope I can run faster than unrighteousness. I love Socrates! The end of Apology is just so perfect. He’s standing the before those who will kill him and he actually feels sorry for them. And he’s right about death. Complete non-existence after death? Like a perfect sleep, forever without worry from this world? Ok. Or an afterlife (as they believed) with those that have died before them? Chatting it up with the heros and philosophers of old? Even better! Why would he want to live among them anymore?