60 Quotes From Socrates, Greek Philosopher

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As Socrates did not write down any of his teachings, secondary sources provide the only information on his life and thought. The sometimes contradictory nature of these sources is known as the Socratic problem or the Socratic question.

Socrates believed the best way for people to live was to focus on the pursuit of virtue rather than the pursuit, for instance, of material wealth. He always invited others to try to concentrate more on friendships and a sense of true community, for Socrates felt this was the best way for people to grow together as a populace.

Plato and Xenophon’s dialogues provide the main source of information on Socrates’s life and thought.

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
The only good is knowledge and the only bad is ignorance.
The unexamined life is not worth living.
To find yourself, think for yourself.
Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.

Quotes From Socrates - Forward Steps image_3I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou are in, continue firm and constant.
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
An honest man is always a child.
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
I know nothing except the facts of my ignorance.
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.

If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
Let him that would move the world first move himself.

Let them that would move the world first move themselves. -Socrates Click To Tweet

Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth.
My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.

The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
Wisdom begins in wonder.
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.

Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.
An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.
Enjoy yourself… it’s later than you think.
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.
Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just and in old age prudent.
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.
The hottest love has the coldest end.
What a lot of things there are a person can do without.

What a lot of things there are a person can do without. -Socrates Click To Tweet

The right way to begin is to pay attention to the young, and make them just as good as possible.
Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.
Quotes From Socrates - Forward Steps image_1Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly and to decide impartially.
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbour.

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.
Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.

Every action has its pleasures and its price.
In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.
Pray Thee, Oh God, that I may be beautiful within.
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.

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