Quotes By Socrates

Date of Birth: 469 BC    Date of Death: 399 BC

Socrates was a classical Greek philosopher. He was the first of the three great Athenian philosophers (the other two are Plato and Aristotle). Socrates never wrote down any of his ideas while he was alive. But after he died, his most famous student, Plato, did write down some of what Socrates had said. Who said finding good quotes was difficult? Browse our large collection and inspire yourself and others.

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

Every action has its pleasures and its price.  ~ Socrates

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

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

The unexamined life is not worth living.  ~ Socrates

The only thing I know is that I don't know anything.  ~ Socrates

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

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

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.  ~ 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

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

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.  ~ Socrates

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

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

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.  ~ Socrates

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

He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.  ~ Socrates

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

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

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

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

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

I am not an Athenian nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.  ~ Socrates

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.  ~ Socrates

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

Know thyself.  ~ Socrates

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

The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be.  ~ Socrates

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

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

To find yourself, think for yourself.  ~ 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

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

Beware of the barrenness of a busy life.  ~ Socrates

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

Through your rags I see your vanity.  ~ 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

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

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

Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.  ~ Socrates

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