Socrates Quotes

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



“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



“Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates


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



“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” – 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



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



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



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



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



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



“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” – Socrates



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




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


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



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



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


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



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



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



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



“If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.” – 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 gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.” – Socrates




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



“Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.” – 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



“Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.” – Socrates



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



“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.” – 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



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




“Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.” – Socrates



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




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




“People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.” – Socrates



“Wisdom begins in wonder.” – Socrates



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




“The hottest love has the coldest end.” – 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




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




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



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



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



“Call no man unhappy until he is married.” – Socrates



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



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

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