Socrates Quotes

Socrates, hailing from Athens in ancient Greece, is acknowledged as the originator of Western philosophy and one of the early ethical thinkers within the realm of moral philosophy. Wikipedia

“Silence is a profound melody, for those who can hear it above all the noise.” ~ Socrates

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

“I only know one thing, and that is I know nothing.” ~ Socrates

“The more I learn, the less I realize I know.” ~ Socrates

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

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

“Be true to thine own self.” ~ Socrates

“It seems that God took away the minds of poets that they might better express His.” ~ Socrates

“Happiness is unrepented pleasure.” ~ Socrates

“Creation is man’s immortality and brings him nearest to the gods.” ~ Socrates

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

“The hardest task needs the lightest hand or else its completion will not lead to freedom but to a tyranny much worse than the one it replaces.” ~ Socrates

“Death offers mankind a full view of truth.” ~ Socrates

“Knowledge is our ultimate good.” ~ Socrates

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

“Whatever authority I may have rests solely on knowing how little I know.” ~ 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

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

“Wisdom is knowing how little we know.” ~ Socrates

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

“To be uncertain is to be uncomfortable, but to be certain is to be ridiculous.” ~ Socrates

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

“We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.” ~ Socrates

“Be as you wish to seem.” ~ Socrates

“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.” ~ Socrates

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

“Malice drinketh up the greater part of its own poison.” ~ Socrates

“The life of which meaning one never ponders is not worth living.” ~ Socrates

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” ~ Socrates

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

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

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

“Know thyself.” ~ Socrates

“You will know that the divine is so great and of such a nature that it sees and hears everything at once, is present everywhere, and is concerned with everything.” ~ Socrates

“The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.” ~ Socrates

“Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth.” ~ Socrates

“Are not all things which have opposites generated out of their opposites?” ~ Socrates

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

“Nobody knows anything, but I, knowing nothing, am the smartest man in the world.” ~ Socrates

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

“Better to do a little well, then a great deal badly.” ~ Socrates

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

“It has been shown that to injure anyone is never just anywhere.” ~ Socrates

“To use words and phrases in an easygoing manner without scrutinizing them too curiously is not in general a mark of ill-breeding. On the contrary, there is something low-bred in being too precise. But sometimes there is no help for it.” ~ Socrates

“I have good hope that there is something remaining for the dead.” ~ Socrates

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

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

“If one knows what is right, he will do it; nobody wants to be evil.” ~ Socrates

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

“Fellow citizens, why do you burn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of your children to whom you must one day relinquish all?” ~ Socrates

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

“In every one of us there are two ruling and directing principles, whose guidance we follow wherever they may lead; the one being an innate desire of pleasure; the other, an acquired judgment which aspires after excellence.” ~ Socrates

“Do not go through life like leaf blown from here to there believing whatever you are told.” ~ Socrates

“The right way to begin is to pay attention to the young, and make them just as good as possible.” ~ Socrates

“Do not grieve over someone who changes all of the sudden. It might be that he has given up acting and returned to his true self.” ~ Socrates

“I soon realized that poets do not compose their poems with knowledge, but by some inborn talent and by inspiration, like seers and prophets who also say many fine things without any understanding of what they say.” ~ Socrates

“Though flattery blossoms like friendship, yet there is a vast difference in the fruit.” ~ Socrates

“I am a Citizen of the World, and my Nationality is Goodwill.” ~ Socrates

“A multitude of books distracts the mind.” ~ Socrates

“Wisest is he who knows he knows not.” ~ Socrates

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

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

“Some have courage in pleasures, and some in pains: some in desires, and some in fears, and some are cowards under the same conditions.” ~ Socrates

“The greater the power that deigns to serve you, the more honor it demands of you.” ~ Socrates

“I shall never fear or avoid things of which I do not know…” ~ 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

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

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

“It is best and easiest not to discredit others but to prepare oneself to be as good as possible.” ~ Socrates

“Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.” ~ Socrates

“Obscurity is dispelled by augmenting the light of discernment, not by attacking the darkness.” ~ Socrates

“What screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of what it’s supposed to be.” ~ Socrates

“The end of life is to be like unto God; and the soul following God, will be like unto Him; He being the beginning, middle, and end of all things.” ~ Socrates

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

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

“Every action has its pleasures and its price.” ~ Socrates

“There is a doctrine whispered in secret that a man is a prisoner who has no right to open the door and run away; this is a great mystery which I do not quite understand.” ~ Socrates

“To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. For a man who claims to have knowledge, while actually knowing nothing, is less smarter than you, who claim to know nothing.” ~ Socrates

“Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks?” ~ Socrates

“All of the wisdom of this world is but a tiny raft upon which we must set sail when we leave this earth. If only there was a firmer foundation upon which to sail, perhaps some divine word.” ~ Socrates

“Are you not ashamed of your eagerness to possess as much wealth, reputation, and honors as possible, while you do not care for nor give thought to wisdom or truth, or the best possible state of your soul?” ~ Socrates

“Our purpose in founding the city was not to make any one class in it surpassingly happy, but to make the city as a whole as happyas possible.” ~ Socrates

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

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

“The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.” ~ Socrates

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

“The years wrinkle our skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles our soul.” ~ Socrates

“How can you wonder your travels do you no good, when you carry yourself around with you?” ~ Socrates

“The tongue of a fool is the key of his counsel, which, in a wise man, wisdom hath in keeping.” ~ Socrates

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

“There is no learning without remembering.” ~ 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

“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

“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

“Our lives are but specks of dust falling through the fingers of time. Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.” ~ Socrates

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

“Trust not a woman when she weeps, for it is her nature to weep when she wants her will.” ~ Socrates

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.” ~ Socrates

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