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100 Top Quotes By Socrates That Are Full Of Wisdom

Famous As: Philosopher
Born On: 470 AD
Died On: 399 AD
Born In: Alopece, Greek
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.

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

Socrates
The unexamined life is not worth living.

The unexamined life is not worth living.

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

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

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

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

Socrates
Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

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

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

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

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

Socrates
To find yourself, think for yourself.

To find yourself, think for yourself.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Socrates
Know thyself.

Know thyself.

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

Let him who would move the world first move himself.

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

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

Socrates
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

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

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

Socrates
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

Socrates
Every action has its pleasures and its price.

Every action has its pleasures and its price.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.

Socrates
Understanding a question is half an answer

Understanding a question is half an answer

Socrates
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

Socrates
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

Socrates
The hottest love has the coldest end.

The hottest love has the coldest end.

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

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

Socrates
Be as you wish to seem.

Be as you wish to seem.

Socrates
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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
The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.

The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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.

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

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

Socrates
I only know that I know nothing

I only know that I know nothing

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

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

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

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

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

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

Socrates
All I know is that I do not know anything

All I know is that I do not know anything

Socrates
Through your rags I see your vanity.

Through your rags I see your vanity.

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.

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
To move the world we must move ourselves.

To move the world we must move ourselves.

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

Socrates
Wisdom begins in wonder.

Wisdom begins in wonder.

Socrates
The mind is everything; what you think you become

The mind is everything; what you think you become

Socrates
There is no solution; seek it lovingly

There is no solution; seek it lovingly

Socrates
The misuse of language induces evil in the soul

The misuse of language induces evil in the soul

Socrates
Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Those who are hardest to love need it the most.

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

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

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

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?

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.

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

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Be true to thine own self

Be true to thine own self

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May the inward and outward man be as one.

May the inward and outward man be as one.

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?

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.

To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.

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?

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny

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

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

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

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

Socrates
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

Socrates
How many things can I do without?

How many things can I do without?

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.

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
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 ...

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
An unconsidered life is not one worth living.

An unconsidered life is not one worth living.

Socrates
The only thing I know is that I know nothing

The only thing I know is that I know nothing

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.

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
Wisdom is knowing you know nothing

Wisdom is knowing you know nothing

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

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

Socrates