Socrates quotes

Born
470/469, BC, Deme Alopece, Athens.

Died
399, BC, Athens.

Occupation
Philosopher.

Socrates was was a classical Greek philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers.

Be as you wish to seem.
– Socrates
As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
– Socrates
Let him that would move the world first move himself.
– Socrates
The unexamined life is not worth living.
– Socrates
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
– Socrates
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
– Socrates
I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
– Socrates
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
– Socrates
Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.
– Socrates
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
– Socrates
Wisdom begins in wonder.
– Socrates
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
– Socrates
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
– Socrates
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
– Socrates
True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
– Socrates
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.
– Socrates
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
– Socrates
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
– Socrates
He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
– Socrates
It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
– Socrates
I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
– Socrates
All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
– Socrates
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.
– 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
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
– Socrates
The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.
– Socrates
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.
– Socrates
Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
– Socrates
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
– Socrates
The poets are only the interpreters of the gods.
– Socrates
He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
– Socrates
An honest man is always a child.
– Socrates
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.
– Socrates
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
– Socrates
I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
– Socrates
Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
– Socrates
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
– Socrates
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
– Socrates
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
– Socrates
I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing, and that is that I know nothing.
– Socrates
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
– Socrates