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50 Quotes of Socrates on Life, Wisdom & Philosophy to make you think once again about your existence.

50 Quotes of Socrates on Life, Wisdom & Philosophy to make you think once again about your existence.
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50 Quotes of Socrates on Life, Wisdom & Philosophy to make you think once again about your existence.

50 Quotes of Socrates on Life, Wisdom & Philosophy to make you think once again about your existence, yes, as I feel that language is the single-most biggest invention of mankind and words can really make or break our lives. And his words surely have the impact to make you question your mundane existence and can twist your thinking for good. Here’s an amazing collection of Socrates quotes that will help you know yourself better.

Socrates was a Greek philosopher who’s renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics. He is regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of the ancient era and is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. Although he remains an enigmatic figure, he left no writings and most of his teachings are known from the writings of his students, particularly Plato and Xenophon.

Because he did not conform to the local traditions, many felt that his teachings threatened their way of life. He was sentenced to death and died after being forced to drink poison hemlock.

Socrates’ quotes about life from his writings and overall philosophy:

1. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” 

2. “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

3. “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.”

4. “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.”

5. “Be as you wish to seem.”

6. “To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.”

Socrates’ Quotes on Love, Youth, and Philosophy:

7. “I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing.”

8. “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.”

9. “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.”

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

Socrates’ Quotes about life:

11. “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

12. “There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.”

13. “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.”

Socrates’ Quotes that will make you wise:

14. “Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”

15. “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”

16. “To find yourself, think for yourself.”

17. “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.”

18. “Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”

Best Socrates’ Quotes:

19. “Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.”

20. “He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have.”

21. “Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”

22. “Envy is the ulcer of the soul.”

Famous Socrates’ Quotes:

23. “Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.”

24. “If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.”

25. “Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of – for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”

26. “Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.”

27. “The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.”

28. “Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.”

29. “Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.”

30. “Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.”

31. “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.” 

Socrates’ Quotes on life and love:

32. “If all misfortunes were laid in one common heap whence everyone must take an equal portion, most people would be contented to take their own and depart.”

33. “Once made equal to man, a woman becomes his superior.”

34. “Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.”

35. “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”

36. “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”

37. “People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.”

38. “Wisdom begins in wonder.”

39. “When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”

40. “The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.”

41. “The hottest love has the coldest end.”

42. “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.” 

Socrates’ Quotes that will help you improve yourself

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

44. “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.”

45. “From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.”

46. “The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor.”

47. “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.” 

48. “Call no man unhappy until he is married.” 

49. “Let him that would move the world, first move ‘himself’.”

50. “The mind is everything; what you think you become”

Agam Anand
Agam Anand is a Novelist and a Stand-Up Artist. He has written two Novels, his 1st novel 'A Non-Entity' became an instant hit among youths while his second one 'The Colossal Illusion' ranked in the Top 100 best selling books in a day of its release on Amazon, it also won the TCK Reader's Choice Awards 2019 in the USA, for being the best Romantic Novel of the year. Anand also won the Author of the year award at the NE8x Literature Festival 2019 for 'The Colossal Illusion'. He has graduated from Patna in Accounts and did his Masters from Kolkata but he is more interested in writing, Literature, Philosophy, and the internet. He is a Cinema Buff, Cricket lover, Very Positive and wants to see everyone Happy.