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Socrates Quotes

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He is richest who is content with the least,
for content is the wealth of nature.
- Socrates

Related topics: Wisdom Inspirational Values Live-By Gratitude Simple Simplicity

He is richest who is content with the least.
- Socrates

Know thyself.
- Socrates (inscribed on the ancient Greek temple at Delphi) PHOTO

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
- Socrates PHOTO

 

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
- Socrates

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor
to be what you desire to appear.
- Socrates

It is not living that matters, but living rightly.
- Socrates

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The shortest and surest way to
live with honor in the world,
is to be in reality
what we would appear to be.
- Socrates

As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
- 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

I cannot teach anybody anything.
I can only make them think.
- Socrates

The unexamined life is not worth living.
- Socrates

An honest man is always a child.
- Socrates

I know that I am intelligent,
because I know that I know nothing.
- Socrates

Worthless people live only to eat and drink;
people of worth eat and drink only to live.
- Socrates

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
- Socrates

True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.
- Socrates

Not life, but good life,
is to be chiefly valued.
- Socrates

Let him that would move the world first move himself.
- Socrates

I am the wisest man alive, for I know one thing,
and that is that I know nothing.
- 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

Be as you wish to seem.
- Socrates

Wisdom begins in wonder.
- Socrates

The greatest way to live with honor in this world
is to be what we pretend to be.
- Socrates

The envious person grows lean
with the fatness of their neighbor.
- Socrates

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

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man
take which course he will,
he will be sure to repent.
- Socrates

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
- Socrates

Be slow to fall into friendship;
but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
- Socrates

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

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.
- Socrates

He is a man of courage who does not run away,
but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.
- Socrates

By all means marry.
If you get a good wife, you'll be happy.
If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher
and that is a good thing for any man.
- 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

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
- 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

Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings,
so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.
- Socrates

Beauty is the bait which with delight
allures man to enlarge his kind.
- Socrates

My advice to you is get married:
if you find a good wife you'll be happy;
if not, you'll become a philosopher.
- Socrates

False words are not only evil in themselves,
but they infect the soul with evil.
- Socrates

I will admit, like Socrates and Aristotle and Plato
and some other philosophers,
that there are instances where the death penalty would seem appropriate.
- Jack Kevorkian

A Socrates in every classroom.
- Alfred Whitney Griswold

In Socrates' thought the two marks of individual self-consciousness appear;
it is practical and it is social.
- James M. Baldwin

All men's souls are immortal,
but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.
- Socrates

And History will smile to think that this is the species
for which Socrates and Jesus Christ died.
- Julien Benda

The end of life is to be like God,
and the soul following God will be like Him.
- Socrates

The Sophists' paradoxical talk pieces and their public
debates were entertainment in 5th century Greece.
And in that world, Socrates was an entertainer.
- David Antin

Every human being has, like Socrates,
an attendant spirit; and wise are they who obey its signals.
If it does not always tell us what to do,
it always cautions us what not to do.
- Lydia M. Child

Socrates didn't care to visit the theater,
as a rule, except when the plays of Euripides (which some think,
he himself had helped to compose), were performed.
- Moses Mendelssohn

It's easier to write about Socrates than about a young woman or a cook.
- Anton Chekhov

A library, to modify the famous metaphor of Socrates,
should be the delivery room for the birth of ideas -
a place where history comes to life.
- Norman Cousins

Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
- Socrates

Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
- Socrates

And what, Socrates, is the food of the soul? Surely,
I said, knowledge is the food of the soul.
- Plato

Wherever magistrates were appointed from among those
who complied with the injunctions of the laws,
Socrates considered the government to be an aristocracy.
- Xenophon

Only Socrates knew, after a lifetime of unceasing labor,
that he was ignorant.
Now every high-school student knows that.
How did it become so easy?
- Allan Bloom

I only wish that ordinary people
had an unlimited capacity for doing harm;
then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.
- Socrates

Poetry, it is often said and loudly so,
is life's true mirror.
But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
- Franz Grillparzer

The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little
plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to
write long dialogues on large topics.
- Richard Rorty

The difference between Socrates and Jesus? The great
conscious and the immeasurably great unconscious.
- Thomas Carlyle

Socrates' fame spread all over Greece,
and the most respected and educated men from all around came to him,
in order to enjoy his friendly company and instruction.
- Moses Mendelssohn

When Socrates was about 30, and his father was long dead,
he was still pursuing the art of sculpture,
but from necessity, and without much inclination.
- Moses Mendelssohn

Where there is reverence there is fear,
but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear,
because fear presumably has a wider
extension than reverence.
- Socrates

I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
- Socrates

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.
- Socrates

The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
- Socrates

In New York one lives in the moment rather more than Socrates advised,
so that at a party or alone in your room it will always
be difficult to guess at the long term worth of anything.
- Harold Brodkey

The ideas I stand for are not mine.
I borrowed them from Socrates.
I swiped them from Chesterfield.
I stole them from Jesus.
And I put them in a book.
If you don't like their rules, whose would you use?
- Dale Carnegie

Every day I get up and look through the Forbes list
of the richest people in America.
If I'm not there, I go to work.
- Robert Orben

Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had.
To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away.
I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the
richest man in the world.
- Ted Turner


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