Quotes by Socrates

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

  • “Wisdom begins in wonder.”
    by Socrates
  • “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”
    by Socrates
  • “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”
    by Socrates
  • “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”
    by Socrates
  • “The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.”
    by Socrates
  • “Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.”
    by Socrates
  • “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
    by Socrates
  • “True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.”
    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
  • “Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”
    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
  • “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us.”
    by Socrates
  • “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
  • “Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”
    by Socrates
  • “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.”
    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
  • “Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.”
    by Socrates
  • “The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.”
    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
  • “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

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