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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.


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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