Socrates Quotes

Socrates, one of the greatest philosophers of all time, is credited as the founder of Western philosophy and among the first moral philosophers of the ethical tradition of thought.

Thought-provoking Socrates quotes have inspired generations and continue to challenge our insights today. His ageless words hold profound truths about life, knowledge, and our innate potential. will make you ponder over the mysteries of life, question your understanding of the world, and inspire you to seek truth and knowledge.

Best Socrates Quotes

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

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing. Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think. Socrates

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

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance. Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates

Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Socrates

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

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people. Socrates

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. Socrates

He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy. Socrates

To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

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

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

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

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

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

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

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. 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. Your mind is your predicament. It 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

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. 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

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

Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down. 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

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

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. Socrates

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

Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. Socrates

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Let him who would move the world first move himself. Socrates

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or after death. He and his are not neglected by the gods. Socrates

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates

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

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates

Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind. Socrates

The poets are only the interpreters of the gods. Socrates

The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows. Socrates

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. Socrates

I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good. Socrates

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

Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence. Socrates

Every action has its pleasures and its price. Socrates

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

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

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates

We cannot live better than in seeking to become better. Socrates

To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. 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

Beauty is a short lived tyranny. Socrates

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

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

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Be as you wish to seem. Socrates

An honest man is always a child. Socrates

The hottest love has the coldest end. Socrates

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

Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates

The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates

Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates

To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils. Socrates

Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. Socrates

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates

It is not living that matters, but living rightly. Socrates

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

The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms. Socrates

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates

I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within. Socrates

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Socrates

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

If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart. Socrates

If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman. Socrates

Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death. Socrates

Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of for credit is like fire; 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

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him. 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

The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him. Socrates

The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves. Socrates

The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them. Socrates

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

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

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. Socrates

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

Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live. Socrates

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

I only know that I know nothing. Socrates

Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change. Socrates

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

All I know is that I do not know anything. Socrates

Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannise their teachers. Socrates

People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. 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

When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser. Socrates

My advice to you is get married if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher. Socrates

The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows. Socrates

Esteemed friend, citizen of Athens, the greatest city in the world, so outstanding in both intelligence and power, aren’t you ashamed to care so much to make all the money you can, and to advance your reputation and prestige while for truth and wisdom and the improvement of your soul you have no care or worry? Socrates

Nature has given us two ears, two eyes, and but one tongue to the end that we should hear and see more than we speak. Socrates

The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion. 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 mind is everything; what you think you become. Socrates

To move the world we must move ourselves. Socrates

The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor. Socrates

I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others. Socrates

Call no man unhappy until he is married. Socrates

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

Let him that would move the world, first move himself. 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

There is no solution; seek it lovingly. Socrates

The misuse of language induces evil in the soul. Socrates

The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be. Socrates

The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and i am no quite sure that ı know that. Socrates

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

Intelligent individuals learn from every thing and every one; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers. Socrates

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

Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune. Socrates

And therefore if the head and the body are to be well, you must begin by curing the soul; that is the first and essential thing. And the care of the soul, my dear youth, has to be effected by the use of certain charms, and these charms are fair words; and by them temperance is implanted in the soul, and where temperance comes and stays, there health is speedily imparted, not only to the head, but to the whole body. Socrates

Mankind is made of two kinds of people wise people who know they’re fools, and fools who think they are wise. 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

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

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

By all means marry. If you get a good spouse you’ll become happy, while if you get a bad one you’ll become a philosophe. Socrates

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

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

If I save my insight, I don’t attend to weakness of eyesight. Socrates

Well, although I do not suppose that either of us know anything really beautiful good, I am better off than he is for he knows nothing thinks that he knows; I neither know nor think that I know. Socrates

In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent. Socrates

To express oneself badly is not only faulty as far as the language goes, but does some harm to the soul. Socrates

Real wisdom is the property of God, and human wisdom has little or no value. Socrates

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

No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government. 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

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

Do not trouble about those who practice philosophy, whether they are good or bad; but examine the thing itself well and carefully. And if philosophy appears a bad thing to you, turn every man from it, not only your sons; but if it appears to you such as I think it to be, take courage, pursue it, and practice it, as the saying is, both you and your house. Socrates

An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all. Socrates

The ancient Oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing. 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

It is a disgrace to grow old through sheer carelessness before seeing what manner of man you may become by developing your bodily strength and beauty to their highest limit. Socrates

One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates

Speak, so that I may see you. Socrates

May the inward and outward man be as one. Socrates

How many are the things I can do without! Socrates

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

We gain our first measure of intelligence when we first admit our own ignorance. Socrates

I honor and love you but why do you who are citizens of the great and mighty nation care so much about laying up the greatest amount of money and honor And reputation, and so little amount wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul? Re you not ashamed of these? I do nothing but go about persuading you all, not to take thought for your persons and your properties, but first and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by more, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man. Socrates

Nothing is to be preferred before justice. Socrates

Justice. If only we knew what it was. Socrates

Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates