Socrates Quotes (137 Quotes)


    How many things I can do without.

    They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.

    I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.

    Be of good hope in the face of death. Believe in this one truth for certain, that no evil can befall a good man either in life or death, and that his fate is not a matter of indifference to the gods.

    I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.


    My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.

    I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.

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

    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


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

    Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.

    The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.

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

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

    If I tell you that I would be disobeying the god and on that account it is impossible for me to keep quiet, you won't be persuaded by me, taking it that I am ionizing. And if I tell you that it is the greatest good for a human being to have discussions every day about virtue and the other things you hear me talking about, examining myself and others, and that the unexamined life is not livable for a human being, you will be even less persuaded.

    Some have courage in pleasures, and some in pains some in desires, and some in fears, and some are cowards under the same conditions.

    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.

    If all the misfortunes of mankind were cast into a public stack in order to be equally distributed among the whole species, those who now think themselves the most unhappy would prefer the share they are already possessed of before that which would fall to them by such a division.

    I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.

    The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice And experience of them.

    Eat to live, not live to eat.

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

    Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.

    Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.

    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.

    Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

    I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.

    To find yourself, think for yourself.

    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.


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