Socrates Quotes

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

"The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing." - Socrates Quotes

“The really important thing is not live, but to live well.” – Socrates

“Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.” – Socrates

“An unconsidered life is not one worth living.” – Socrates

“There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.” – Socrates

“He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.” – Socrates

“Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates

“The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.” – Socrates

“Those who are hardest to love need it the most.” – Socrates

“If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.” – Socrates

“Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.” – Socrates

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” – Socrates

“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” – Socrates

"Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people." - Socrates Quotes

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.” – Socrates

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever.” – Socrates

“To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates

“The triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble true birth.” – Socrates

“Let him who would move the world first move himself.” – Socrates

“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.” – Socrates

“The hottest love has the coldest end.” – Socrates

“Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.” – Socrates

“Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.” – Socrates

“From the deepest desires often comes the deadliest hate.” – Socrates

“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.” – Socrates

"Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant." - Socrates Quotes

“The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.” – Socrates

“I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others.” – Socrates

“All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.” – Socrates

“If all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap where everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be content to take their own and depart.” – Socrates

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.” – Socrates

“Your mind wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.” – Socrates

“Time is endless when it is purposeful.” – Socrates

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” – Socrates

“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” – Socrates

“To move the world we must move ourselves.” – Socrates

“By all means, marry; if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if u get a bad one, you’ll become philosopher.” – Socrates

"By all means, marry; if you get a good wife, you'll become happy; if u get a bad one, you'll become philosopher." - Socrates Quotes

“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.” – Socrates

“If there is no solution; seek it lovingly.” – Socrates

“Now the hour to part has come. I go to die, you go to live. Which of us goes to the better lot is known to no one, except the god.” – Socrates

“Mankind is made of two kinds of people: wise people who know they’re fools, and fools who think they are wise.” – Socrates

“Each individual can only do one thing well. He can’t do lots of things. If he tries, he will be jack of all trades, and master of none.” – Socrates

“A Life without criticism and status is not a worth living.” – Socrates

“If death were a release from everything, it would be a boon for the wicked. But since the soul is clearly immortal, it can have no escape or security from evil except by becoming as good and wise as it possibly can.” – Socrates

“He who would change the world should first change himself.” – Socrates

“The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.” – Socrates

“Before you speak, think if what you intend to say catches in one of the three sieves: the sieve of truth, love and necessity.” – Socrates

“The mind is the pilot of the soul.” – Socrates

“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” – Socrates

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." - Socrates Quotes

“The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates

“It is not difficult to avoid death, gentlemen of the jury; it is much more difficult to avoid wickedness, for it runs faster than death.” – Socrates

“My plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth.” – Socrates

“It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.” – Socrates

“Your good name is the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates

“Envy is the ulcer of the soul.” – Socrates

“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” – Socrates

“Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.” – Socrates

“He who is not contented with what he has would not be contented with what he would like to have.” – Socrates

“Understanding a question is half an answer.” – Socrates

"Understanding a question is half an answer." - Socrates Quotes

“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.” – Socrates

“My friend, care for your psyche. Know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves.” – Socrates

“Be of good cheer about death, and know this of a truth, that no evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death.” – Socrates

“Virtue does not come from wealth, but wealth and every other good thing which men have comes from virtue.” – Socrates

“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.” – Socrates

“To know our self is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates

“A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.” – Socrates

“Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.” – Socrates

“Intelligent individuals learn from everything and everyone; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers.” – Socrates

“Life is full of questions. Idiots are full of answers.” – Socrates

"Life is full of questions. Idiots are full of answers." - Socrates Quotes

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

“The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.” – Socrates

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” – Socrates

“In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.” – Socrates

“Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?” – Socrates

“Everything is plainer when spoken than when unspoken.” – Socrates

“Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will neither be overjoyed in good fortune, nor too sorrowful in misfortune.” – Socrates

“The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.” – Socrates

“If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.” – Socrates

“I cannot teach anyone anything. I can only make them think.” – Socrates

"I cannot teach anyone anything. I can only make them think." - Socrates Quotes

“Doing good is a matter of looking after the part of yourself which matters most, namely your soul.” – Socrates

“Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.” – Socrates

“Wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the state.” – Socrates

“A man who preserves his integrity no real, long-lasting harm can ever come.” – Socrates

 “I try to persuade each one of you to concern himself less with what he has than with what he is, so as to render himself as excellent and as rational as possible.” – Socrates

“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates

“The true champion of justice, if he intends to survive even for a short time, must necessarily confine himself to private life and leave politics alone.” – Socrates

“A good man cannot be harmed either in life or in death, and that his affairs are not neglected by the gods.” – Socrates

“I would rather die having spoken after my manner, than speak in your manner and live.” – Socrates

“Sometimes you put walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.” – Socrates

"Sometimes you put walls not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down." - Socrates Quotes

“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.” – Socrates

“The purpose in life is to develop a strong character.” – Socrates

“God would seem to indicate to us and not allow us to doubt that these beautiful poems are not human or the work of man, but divine and the work of God; and that the poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.” – Socrates

“Life without enquiry is not worth living.” – Socrates

“And so they grow richer and richer, and the more they think of making a fortune the less they think of virtue; for when riches and virtue are placed together in the scales of the balance, the one always rises as the other falls.” – Socrates

“Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.” – Socrates

“The easiest and noblest way is not to crush others, but to improve ourselves.” – Socrates

“The answer I gave myself and the oracle was that it was to my advantage to be as I am.” – Socrates

“As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.” – Socrates

“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.” – Socrates

"Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others." - Socrates Quotes

“One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.” – Socrates

“Life contains of two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.” – Socrates

“He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.” – Socrates

“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.” – Socrates

“Through your rags I see your vanity.” – Socrates

“The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.” – Socrates

“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.” – Socrates

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates

“For the poet is a light and winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses, and the mind is no longer in him: when he has not attained to this state, he is powerless and is unable to utter his oracles.” – Socrates

“Every action has its pleasures and its price.” – Socrates

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.” – Socrates

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.” – Socrates

 

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