Socrates Quotes

Socrates was a Greek philosopher from Athens who is credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought.

Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks?
– Socrates

Pride divides the men, humility joins them.
– Socrates

Serenity, regularity, absence of vanity, sincerity, simplicity, veracity, equanimity, Fixity, non-irritability, adaptability, Humility, tenacity, integrity, nobility, magnanimity, charity, generosity, purity. Practice daily these eighteen “ities” You will soon attain immortality.
– Socrates

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

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

Know Thyself.
– Socrates

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

So you would rather suffer an injustice than do an injustice?
– Socrates

Man, know thyself.
– Socrates

To find yourself, think for yourself.
– Socrates

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

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.
– Socrates

I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.
– Socrates

Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit.
– Socrates

Death is one of two things. Either it is annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything; or, as we are told, it is really a change: a migration of the soul from one place to another.
– Socrates

Programming is not about what you know.
It’s about what you can figure out.
– Socrates

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

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

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

– Socrates

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

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

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.
– Socrates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wisdom begins in wonder.
– Socrates

Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.
– Socrates

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