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70 Best Socrates Quotes

1. “Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart’s desire; the other is to get it.” – Socrates

2. “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.” – Socrates

3. “Do not go through life like leaf blown from here to there believing whatever you are told.” – Socrates

4. “The really important thing is not live, but to live well.” – Socrates

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

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

7. “Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.” – Socrates

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

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

10. “I know that I am intelligent because I know that I know nothing.” – Socrates

11. “Beauty is a short lived tyranny.” – Socrates

12. “Mankind is made of two kinds of people: wise people who know they’re fools, and fools who think they are wise.” – Socrates

13. “There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse.” – Socrates

14. “There is no illness of the body except for the mind.” – Socrates

15. “I cannot teach anyone anything, I can only make them think.” – Socrates

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

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

18. “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

19. “To live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.” – Socrates

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

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

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

23. “When you want success as badly as you want the air, then you will get it. There is no other secret of success.” – Socrates

24. “Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.” – Socrates

25. “Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.” – Socrates

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

27. “Envy is the ulcer of the soul.” – Socrates

28. “Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.” – Socrates

29. “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

30. “To find yourself, think for yourself.” – Socrates

31. “The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.” – Socrates

32. “It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.” – Socrates

33. “Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen.” – Socrates

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

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35. “The unexamined life is not worth living.” – Socrates

36. “Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.” – Socrates

37. “Nothing is to be preferred before justice.” – Socrates

38. “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is a habit.” – Socrates

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

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

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

42. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” – Socrates

43. “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.” – Socrates

44. “Admitting one’s ignorance is the first step in acquiring knowledge.” – Socrates

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

46. “True wisdom lies in one’s confession about the limits of one’s knowledge.” – Socrates

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

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

49. “Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” – Socrates

50. “Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.” – Socrates

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

52. “It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.” – Socrates

53. “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


54. “The hottest love has the coldest end.” – Socrates

55. “I love to go and see all the things I am happy without.” – Socrates

56. “Fear of women love more than hate the man.” – Socrates

57. “Those who are hardest to love need it the most.” – Socrates

58. “Before the birth of Love, many fearful things took place through the empire of necessity; but when this god was born, all things rose to men.” – Socrates

59. “The warm love has the coldest end.” – Socrates

60. “To express oneself badly is not only faulty as far as the language goes, but does some harm to the soul.” – Socrates

61. “An unconsidered life is not one worth living.” – Socrates

62. “Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.” – Socrates

63. “Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.” – Socrates

64. “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

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

66. “The only thing I know is that I know nothing, and I am no quite sure that i know that.” – Socrates

67. “An honest man is always a child.” – Socrates

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

69. “Children nowadays are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannise their teachers.” – Socrates

70. “Either I do not corrupt the young or, if I do, it is unwillingly.” – Socrates

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