Inspirational Socrates Quotes

Socrates Quotes
Socrates Quotes

Socrates (470/469 – 399 BC) was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato’s dialogues are among the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity, though it is unclear the degree to which Socrates himself is “hidden behind his ‘best disciple’, Plato”. This post features some inspirational Socrates quotes.

Socrates Quotes

“Know thyself.”
― Socrates

“The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”
Socrates

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”
― Socrates

“If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”
Socrates quotes

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”
― Socrates

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

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

“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”
― Socrates

“Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
― Socrates

“The greatest way to live with honour in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
― Socrates

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

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

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

“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

“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.”
― Socrates

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

“Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.”
― 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

“Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break them down.”
Socrates quotes

“Be as you wish to seem.”
― Socrates

“Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.”
― Socrates

“From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.”
― Socrates

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.”
― Socrates

“By means of beauty all beautiful things become beautiful.”
― Socrates

“Every action has its pleasures and its price.”
― Socrates

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

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
― Socrates

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

“We cannot live better than in seeking to become better.”
― Socrates

“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”
― Socrates

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.”
― Socrates

“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.”
― Socrates

“All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”
― Socrates

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

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

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

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

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

“The children now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise.”
― Socrates

“He who has lived as a true philosopher has reason to be of good cheer when he is about to die, and that after death he may hope to receive the greatest good in the other world.”
― 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

“If anyone says that he has ever learned or heard anything from me in private which all the world has not heard, I should like you to know that he is speaking an untruth.”
Socrates quotes

“The hottest love has the coldest end.”
― Socrates

“Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.”
― Socrates

“Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.”
― Socrates

“To fear death, gentlemen, is no other than to think oneself wise when one is not, to think one knows what one does not know. No one knows whether death may not be the greatest of all blessings for a man, yet men fear it as if they knew that it is the greatest of evils.”
― Socrates

“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.”
― Socrates

“To move the world we must move ourselves.”
― Socrates

“Let him who would move the world first move himself.”
― Socrates

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

“Envy is the ulcer of the soul.”
Socrates quotes

“I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.”
― Socrates

“The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.”
― Socrates

“If a man comes to the door of poetry untouched by the madness of the Muses, believing that technique alone will make him a good poet, he and his sane compositions never reach perfection, but are utterly eclipsed by the performances of the inspired madman.”
― Socrates

“I realized that it was not by wisdom that poets write their poetry, but by a kind of nature or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets; for these also say many beautiful things, but do not know anything of what they say.”
― Socrates

“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.”
― Socrates

“We do not know — neither the sophists, nor the orators, nor the artists, nor I— what the True, the Good, and the Beautiful are. But there is this difference between us: although these people know nothing, they all believe they know something; whereas, I, if I know nothing, at least have no doubts about it. As a result, all this superiority in wisdom which the oracle has attributed to me reduces itself to the single point that I am strongly convinced that I am ignorant of what I do not know.”
― Socrates

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6 Comments


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

    That makes me think of the typical reader of Atlantic, Newsweek, and National Enquirer.

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  2. These are great. I especially like this one, it’s a keeper:

    “If you don’t get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don’t want, you suffer; even when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can’t hold on to it forever. Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change. Free of pain, free of the obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that reality.”

    Reply

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