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The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

  • Wisdom

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.

  • Desires

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.

  • happiness

The Secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

  • change



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

  • Wealth

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.

  • Contentment

Wisdom begins in wonder.

  • Wisdom

Enjoy yourself -- it's later than you think.

  • Enjoyment

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

  • Wisdom

To find yourself, think for yourself.

  • Thought

By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.

  • Marriage

Let him that would move the world, first move himself.

  • Leadership

I pray Thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.

  • Love

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

  • Authors

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

  • greatest

There is only one good -- knowledge; and only one evil -- ignorance.

  • Evil

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

  • Politics

A multitude of books distracts the mind.

  • Reading

The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.

  • Glory

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.

  • Teaching

One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.

  • Knowledge

The hottest love has the coldest end.

  • Love

The unexamined life is not worth living.

  • Reflection

Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.

  • Happiness

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

  • Hate

I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

  • Humanity

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.

  • Wisdom

Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.

  • Change

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

  • Food

The comic and the tragic lie inseparably close, like light and shadow.

  • Humor


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Beware the barrenness of a busy life. - Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.


No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.  - Socrates

No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.


The world's a puzzle; no need to make sense out of it. - Socrates

The world's a puzzle; no need to make sense out of it.


Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. - Socrates

Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.


Education is the kindling of a flame, not filling of a vessel. - Socrates

Education is the kindling of a flame, not filling of a vessel.


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

I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.


Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. - Socrates

Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.


Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. - Socrates

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.


I know you won't believe me, but the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others. - Socrates

I know you won't believe me, but the highest form of human excellence is to question oneself and others.


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

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.


The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. - Socrates

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.


No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without even seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. - Socrates

No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without even seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.


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. - 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.


A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lions lead by a donkey. - Socrates

A group of donkeys lead by a lion can defeat a group of lions lead by a donkey.


Where is Socrates from? Socrates is Greek. A recognized philosopher. The following quotations and images represent the Greek peculiarities embed in Socrates's character.

What Socrates was famous for? Socrates is famous philosopher with many good quotes. Wise sayings can be accessed and memorized. Socrates is well-known and respected in Greek society.

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Socrates quotes about wisdom

What are the best wisdom quotations by Socrates?

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

  • Wisdom

Wisdom begins in wonder.

  • Wisdom

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

  • Wisdom

The beginning of wisdom is a definition of terms.

  • Wisdom

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

  • amazement

Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.

  • Wisdom

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Socrates quotes about wealth

What are the best wealth quotations by Socrates?

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

  • Wealth

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

  • nature

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

  • Wealth

What a lot of things there are a man can do without.

  • Wealth

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Socrates quotes about life

What are the best life quotations by Socrates?

Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.

  • Desires

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

  • life

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

  • Life

In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.

  • Life

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

  • Life

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Socrates quotes about marriage

What are the best marriage quotations by Socrates?

By all means marry. If you get a good wife you will become happy, and if you get a bad one you will become a philosopher.

  • Marriage

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

  • celibacy

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.

  • marriage

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.

  • marriage

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Socrates quotes about knowledge

What are the best knowledge quotations by Socrates?

One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing.

  • Knowledge

To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

  • knowledge

We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.

  • Knowledge

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Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions, but those who kindly reprove thy faults.

  • Reform

The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods.

  • Desires

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

  • DeceptionLying

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

  • Reputation



I was afraid that by observing objects with my eyes and trying to comprehend them with each of my other senses I might blind my soul altogether.

  • Senses

Do not be angry with me if I tell you the truth

  • Truth

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.

  • Fame

Slanderers do not hurt me because they do not hit me.

  • Insults

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

  • nature

An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all

  • Education

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

  • Envy

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

  • Friends

They are not only idle who do nothing, but they are idle also who might be better employed.

  • Purpose

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

  • Wealth

What a lot of things there are a man can do without.

  • Wealth

Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.

  • Women

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

  • easily

He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature.

  • Contentment

Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one.

  • Control

The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is better? Only God knows.

  • Death

The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.

  • Evil

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.

  • life

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

  • Life

In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.

  • Life

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.

  • Listening

To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

  • knowledge

The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.

  • gods

Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.

  • Beauty

Call no man unhappy until he is married.

  • Happiness

Nothing is to be preferred before justice.

  • Justice

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

  • Prayer

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

  • celibacy

Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.

  • quotes

Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.

  • quotes

My advice to you is get married: if you find a good wife you

  • Philosophy

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.

  • common

I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

  • except

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.

  • amazement

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.

  • marriage

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.

  • change

No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.

  • Government

Crito, I owe a cock to Asclepius; will you remember to pay the debt?

  • Last

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

  • Life

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

  • Potential

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.

  • Respect

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

  • wedding

Let him that would move the world first move himself.

  • first

An honest man is always a child.

  • child

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

  • divine

The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.

  • quotes

The soul is pure when it leaves the body and drags nothing bodily with it, by virtue of having no willing association with the body in life but avoiding it.......Practicing philosophy in the right way is a training to die easily.

  • Death

To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they know quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know?

  • Death

Whom do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be... those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes... those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober -- minded men.

  • Education

Wars and revolutions and battles are due simply and solely to the body and its desires. All wars are undertaken for the acquisition of wealth; and the reason why we have to acquire wealth is the body, because we are slaves in its service.

  • Greed

Philebus was saying that enjoyment and pleasure and delight, and the class of feelings akin to them, are a good to every living being, whereas I contend, that not these, but wisdom and intelligence and memory, and their kindred, right opinion and true reasoning, are better and more desirable than pleasure

  • Intelligence

We are in fact convinced that if we are ever to have pure knowledge of anything, we must get rid of the body and contemplate things by themselves with the soul by itself. It seems, to judge from the argument, that the wisdom which we desire and upon which we profess to have set our hearts will be attainable only when we are dead and not in our lifetime.

  • Knowledge

When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire, and when again under the influence of its kindred desires it is moved with violent motion towards the beauty of corporeal forms, it acquires a surname from this very violent motion, and is called love.

  • Love

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.

  • Morals

See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all.

  • Nature

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.

  • Philosophy

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.

  • Poetry

How many are the things I can do without!

  • Property

I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I am still in ignorance of my own self, would be ridiculous. And therefore I bid farewell to all this; the common opinion is enough for me. For, as I was saying, I want to know not about this, but about myself: am I a monster more complicated and swollen with passion than the serpent Typho, or a creature of a gentler and simpler sort, to whom Nature has given a diviner and lowlier destiny?

  • Reflection

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.

  • Revenge

Whenever, therefore, people are deceived and form opinions wide of the truth, it is clear that the error has slid into their minds through the medium of certain resemblances to that truth.

  • Truth

Well I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know.

  • Wisdom

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

  • alive

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.

  • marriage

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When Socrates was born? Socrates was born on 469 BC.

Who is Socrates? Socrates biography. Socrates was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy. He is an enigmatic figure known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers, especially the writings of his students Plato and Xenophon and the plays of his contemporary Aristophanes. Plato's dialogues are among the most comprehensive accounts of Socrates to survive from antiquity, though it is unclear the degree to which Socrates himself is "hidden behind his 'best disciple', Plato". Through his portrayal in Plato's dialogues, Socrates has become renowned for his contribution to the field of ethics, and it is this Platonic Socrates who lends his name to the concepts of Socratic irony and the Socratic method, or elenchus. The latter remains a commonly used tool in a wide range of discussions, and is a type of pedagogy in which a series of questions is asked not only to draw individual answers, but also to encourage fundamental insight into the issue at hand. Plato's Socrates also made important and lasting contributions to the field of epistemology, and his ideologies and approach have proven a strong foundation for much Western philosophy that has followed.

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Part 1
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Best Socrates quotes

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Part 4
Wisdom
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Similar Philosophers

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Favorite topics

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