Socrates quotes

By | 22.07.2022

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

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. 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

Be the kind of person that you want people to think you are. Socrates

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

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

Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know. Socrates

There are two kinds of disease of the soul, vice and ignorance. Socrates

My friend…care for your psyche…know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves. Socrates

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

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

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms. Socrates

The value of a man is measured in the number of those who stand beside him, not those who follow. Socrates

The hottest love has the coldest end. Socrates

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

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates

What a lot of things there are a man can do without. Socrates

I call myself a peaceful warrior because the battles we fight are on the inside. Socrates

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

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

Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

Smart people learn from everything and everyone. Average people from their experiences. Stupid people already have all the answers. Socrates

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. Socrates

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

Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me. Socrates

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

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

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing. Socrates

I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether. Socrates

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

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

To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

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

True perfection is a bold quest to seek. Only the willing and true of heart will seek the betterment of many. Socrates

Worthless people love 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

Wisdom begins in wonder. Socrates

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

Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen. Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. 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

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

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

Nothing is so well learned as that which is discovered. 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

Beware the barrenness of a busy life. 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

An honest man is always a child. 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. Socrates

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

Be as you wish to seem. Socrates

They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed. Socrates

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

No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew it was the greatest of evils. 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 greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be. Socrates

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

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

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

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

How many are the things I can do without! Socrates

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

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

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

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

The wise man seeks death all his life, and for this reason death is not terrifying to him. Socrates

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

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

The soul is pure when it leaves the body and drags nothing bodily with it, by virtue of having no willing association with the body in life but avoiding it…..Practicing philosophy in the right way is a training to die easily. Socrates

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

See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all. Socrates

The poets are only the interpreters of the gods. Socrates

Be of good hope in the face of death. Believe in this one truth for certain, that no evil can befall a good man either in life or death, and that his fate is not a matter of indifference to the gods. Socrates

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates, Essential Thinkers – Socrates

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

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

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

By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher. Socrates

The first key to greatness is to be in reality what we appear to be. Socrates

I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. Socrates

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

When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this very violent motion, and is called love. Socrates

Only the knowledge that comes from inside is the real Knowledge. Socrates

If the whole world depends on today’s youth, I can’t see the world lasting another 100 years. Socrates

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

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

The soul, like the body, accepts by practice whatever habit one wishes it to contact. Socrates

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

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

I love to go and see all the things I am happy without. Socrates

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance. Socrates

I have not sought during my life to amass wealth and to adorn my body, but I have sought to adorn my soul with the jewels of wisdom, patience, and above all with a love of liberty. Socrates

I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Socrates

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

Every action has its pleasures and its price. Socrates

We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime. Socrates

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

I examined the poets, and I look on them as people whose talent overawes both themselves and others, people who present themselves as wise men and are taken as such, when they are nothing of the sort. Socrates

From poets, I moved to artists. No one was more ignorant about the arts than I; no one was more convinced that artists possessed really beautiful secrets. However, I noticed that their condition was no better than that of the poets and that both of them have the same misconceptions. Because the most skillful among them excel in their specialty, they look upon themselves as the wisest of men. In my eyes, this presumption completely tarnished their knowledge. As a result, putting myself in the place of the oracle and asking myself what I would prefer to be — what I was or what they were, to know what they have learned or to know that I know nothing — I replied to myself and to the god: I wish to remain who I am. Socrates

We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know. Socrates

Nothing is to be preferred before justice. Socrates

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

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

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

Understanding a question is half an answer. Socrates

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

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

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow. Socrates

I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Socrates

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

Call no man unhappy until he is married. 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

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

The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

Happiness is unrepentant pleasure. Socrates

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

Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service. Socrates

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

Envy is the ulcer of the soul. 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

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

Beauty comes first. Victory is secondary. What matters is joy. Socrates

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

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

You never know a line is crooked unless you have a straight one to put next to it. Socrates

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

The perfect human being is all human beings put together, it is a collective, it is all of us together that make perfection. Socrates

We can do nothing without the body, let us always take care that it is in the best condition to sustain us. Socrates

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