Quotes by Socrates

Quotes by Socrates (Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC – 399 BC))

  • “I only wish that ordinary people had an unlimited capacity for doing harm; then they might have an unlimited power for doing good.”
    by Socrates
  • “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
    by Socrates
  • “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
    by Socrates
  • “Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.”
    by Socrates
  • “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
    by Socrates
  • “Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”
    by Socrates
  • “Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.”
    by Socrates
  • “Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”
    by Socrates
  • “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”
    by Socrates
  • “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
    by Socrates
  • “Wisdom begins in wonder.”
    by 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.”
    by Socrates
  • “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”
    by Socrates
  • “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
    by 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.”
    by Socrates
  • “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
    by 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.”
    by Socrates
  • “He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.”
    by Socrates
  • “Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.”
    by 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.”
    by Socrates

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