Socrates quotes and sayings are full of wisdom and inspirational. He was a Greek Philosopher and enigmatic figure of his time. He is among the founders of Western Philosophy. Famous classical Greek Philosopher Plato was his student. Socrates main contribution was in the field of ethics and epistemology.


“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
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“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
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“There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”
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“I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”
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“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
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“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
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“Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”
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“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
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“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”
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“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.”
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“Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.”
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“He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”
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“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
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“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”
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“Know thyself.”
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“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
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“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
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“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”
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“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”
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“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.”
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“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
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“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
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“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”
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“Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”
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“Every action has its pleasures and its price.”
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“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.”
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“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
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“We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.”
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“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.”
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“Understanding a question is half an answer.”
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“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
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“Envy is the ulcer of the soul.”
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“The hottest love has the coldest end.”
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“Be as you wish to seem.”
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“The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
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“I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”
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“Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.”
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“Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.”
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“From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.”
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“Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.”
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“If you want to be a good saddler, saddle the worst horse; for if you can tame one, you can tame all.”
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“True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
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“Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.”
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“I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within. ”
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“One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.”
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“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.”
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“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”
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“The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves.”
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“In all of us, even in good men, there is a lawless wild-beast nature, which peers out in sleep.”
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“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.”
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“What screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of what it’s supposed to be.”
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“The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.”
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“He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”
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“Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannise their teachers.”
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“I only know that I know nothing.”
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“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.”
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“Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”
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“All I know is that I do not know anything.”
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“All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”
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“To be is to do.”
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“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.”
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“Through your rags I see your vanity.”
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“My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.”
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“Virtue does not come from wealth, but. . . wealth, and every other good thing which men have comes from virtue.”
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“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.”
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“To move the world we must move ourselves.”
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“Those who are hardest to love need it the most.”
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“He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.”
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“Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. ”
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“Wisdom begins in wonder.”
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“There is no solution; seek it lovingly.”
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“The mind is everything; what you think you become.”
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“I know you won’t believe me, but the highest form of Human Excellence is to question oneself and others.”
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“When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.”
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“The misuse of language induces evil in the soul.”
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“Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.”
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“There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.”
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“One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.”
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“To express oneself badly is not only faulty as far as the language goes, but does some harm to the soul.”
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“Is it true; is it kind, or is it necessary?”
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“Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.”
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“It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.”
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“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?”
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“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.”
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“He is not only idle who does nothing, but he is idle who might be better employed.”
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“The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and i am no quite sure that i know that.”
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“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not fighting the old, but on building the new.”
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“Beauty is a short-lived tyranny”
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“May the inward and outward man be as one.”
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“Be true to thine own self.”
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“My plainness of speech makes them hate me, and what is their hatred but a proof that I am speaking the truth.”
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socrates famous quotes with stars image“An unconsidered life is not one worth living.”
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“A system of morality which is based on relative emotional values is a mere illusion, a thoroughly vulgar conception which has nothing sound in it and nothing true.”
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“As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.”
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“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
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“Such as thy words are such will thine affections be esteemed and such as thine affections will be thy deeds and such as thy deeds will be thy life.”
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“The ancient Oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.”
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“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.”
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“Now the hour to part has come. I go to die, you go to live. Which of us goes to the better lot is known to no one, except the god.”
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“Wisdom is knowing you know nothing.”
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“Wealth does not bring goodness, but goodness brings wealth and every other blessing, both to the individual and to the state.”
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“Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.”
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“How many things can I do without?”
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“Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problem of wheat.”
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“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.”
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“I do believe that there are gods, and in a far higher sense than that in which any of my accusers believe in them.”
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“The true champion of justice, if he intends to survive even for a short time, must necessarily confine himself to private life and leave politics alone.”
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“The really important thing is not live, but to live well.”
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“Is there anyone to whom you entrust a greater number of serious matters than your wife? And is there anyone with whom you have fewer conversations?”
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“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”
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“The answer I gave myself and the oracle was that it was to my advantage to be as I am.”
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“Everything is plainer when spoken than when unspoken.”
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“Mankind is made of two kinds of people: wise people who know they’re fools, and fools who think they are wise.”
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