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An amazing collection of Socrates quotes on Everyday Power Blog!

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.

From one of the greatest philosophers of all time, we found these amazing Socrates Quotes on love, youth and philosophy – that can hopefully provide you with actionable insight. Enjoy!!

Famous Socrates quotes about life from his writings and overall philosophy

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


50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy2.) “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” – Socrates

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.” – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

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.” – Socrates

 

5.) “Be as you wish to seem.” – Socrates

 

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

Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

7.) “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

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.” – Socrates

 

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

 

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

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

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

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

13.) I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think – Socrates

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14.) Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. – Socrates

15.) Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

16.) To find yourself, think for yourself. – Socrates

 

17.) Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people. – Socrates

 

18.) Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. – Socrates

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19.) Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant. – Socrates

 

20.) He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

21.) Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. – Socrates

 

22.) Envy is the ulcer of the soul. – Socrates

Famous Socrates Quotes

23.) Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love. – Socrates

 

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

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

24.) 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. – Socrates

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25.) Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity. – Socrates

 

26.) Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of. – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

27.) The shortest and surest way to live with honour 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. – Socrates

 

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28.) Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults. – Socrates

 

29.) Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat. – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

30.) Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live. – Socrates

 

31.) Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued. – Socrates

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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. – Socrates

 

33.) Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

34.) Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change. – Socrates

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

 

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

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

37.) People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid. – Socrates

 

38.) Wisdom begins in wonder. – Socrates

 

39.) When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser. – Socrates

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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. – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

41.) The hottest love has the coldest end – Socrates

 

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

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43.) Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. – Socrates

 

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. – Socrates

 

45.) From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

46.) The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor. – Socrates

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47.) Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. – Socrates

 

48.) Call no man unhappy until he is married. – Socrates

49.) Let him that would move the world, first move himself. – Socrates

50 Socrates Quotes on Love, Youth and Philosophy

 

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

 

Other great Socrates quotes

 

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

 

52.) “The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.” – Socrates

 

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

 

54.) “False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.” – Socrates

 

55.) “The mind is everything; what you think you become” – Socrates

 

56.) “Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.” – Socrates

 

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

 

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

 

59.) “Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.”– Socrates

 

60.) “By all means marry. If you get a good spouse you’ll become happy, while if you get a bad one you’ll become a philosopher.” – Socrates

Which are your favorite Socrates quotes

Socrates is regarded as one of the most influential Greek philosophers of ancient times. He inspired many students, including the philosopher Plato.

He emphasized that great leaders should have knowledge, virtue and a complete understanding of themselves. Hopefully, these quotes have helped you know yourself better.

Did you enjoy these Socrates quotes? Which of the quotes was your favorite? Tell us in the comment section below. We would love to hear all about it.

 

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Dawid

    August 31, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    I like this one, “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” Discussing ideas might be fruitful towards promoting the social economic growth of the society and discussion of event an advantage in this matter while discussing people may cause a lot of harm to the peace, unity and stability of the Nation.

    • Jeffrey I. Moore

      September 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm

      Thank you for sharing Dawid!!!

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