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Top quotes by Socrates on love, youth, change, death, philosophy and other things.

100 Top Quotes By Socrates That Are Full Of Wisdom

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosopher

Born On: 470 BC

Died On: 399 BC

Born In: Athens

Died At Age: 71

Socrates was a philosopher who lived in ancient Greece at around 470 BC and is regarded as one of the pioneers of modern philosophy. Socrates was without doubt the greatest philosophers of his time and taught some of the stalwarts of the time like Xenophon and Plato among others. Much of his body of work as a philosopher is not directly available but instead his teachings have been published in the works of his students like Plato. Aristophenes’ plays also put forth the teachings of Socrates so that the general public of the time could get to know his lofty views on philosophy. In the widely read Plato’s Dialogues, Socrates’ take on philosophy, ethics and irony have been put forwards by his student and remains one of the most important sources of information on the teachings of the Greek philosopher. Epistemology or the study of knowledge, is another distinct branch of philosophy that was pioneered by Socrates and he remains the most authoritative voice on the subject. Now, a man of such thinking abilities must also have left behind an excellent cache of quotes that would inspire people to this day and here are some of the choicest quotes by Socrates.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

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

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

Socrates

To find yourself, think for yourself.

Socrates

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

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

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

The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.

Socrates

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

Socrates

Know thyself.

Socrates

Let him who would move the world first move himself.

Socrates

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.

Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

Socrates

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

Socrates

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

Socrates

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

Socrates

Every action has its pleasures and its price.

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

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 am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world." [As quoted in Plutarch's Of Banishment]

Socrates

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

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

We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.

Socrates

Understanding a question is half an answer

Socrates

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Socrates

The hottest love has the coldest end.

Socrates

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

Socrates

Be as you wish to seem.

Socrates

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

Socrates

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.

Socrates

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

Socrates

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.

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

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.

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

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

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

What screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of what it's supposed to be.

Socrates

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

Socrates

I only know that I know nothing

Socrates

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

Socrates

Through your rags I see your vanity.

Socrates

All I know is that I do not know anything

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

To move the world we must move ourselves.

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

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

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

Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.

Socrates

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

Socrates

There is no solution; seek it lovingly

Socrates

The mind is everything; what you think you become

Socrates

The misuse of language induces evil in the soul

Socrates

Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

Those who are hardest to love need it the most.

Socrates

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

Socrates

Is it true; is it kind, or is it necessary?

Socrates

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

Socrates

Are you not ashamed of heaping up the greatest amount of money and honour and reputation, and caring so little about wisdom and truth and the greatest improvement of the soul?

Socrates

To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.

Socrates

May the inward and outward man be as one.

Socrates

Be true to thine own self

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

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

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

Such as thy words are such will thine affections be esteemed and such as thine affections will be thy deeds and such as thy deeds will be thy life ...

Socrates

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

Socrates

An unconsidered life is not one worth living.

Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don't know what justice is, I'll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy.

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

The only thing I know is that I know nothing

Socrates

Wisdom is knowing you know nothing

Socrates

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

Socrates

How many things can I do without?

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

Wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the state

Socrates