27 Quotes by Socrates that will inspire you

QUOTES BY SOCRATESWhen you think about it, we can’t be sure that Socrates actually existed because he was apparently born around 399 BC. That was a long time before real records began.

However, Socrates is regarded as a classical Greek philosopher, and he was considered to be the first moral philosopher. In fact, he’s been credited as being one of the founders of Western philosophy.

History suggests that he didn’t write anything during his own lifetime, and his philosophy, therefore, is known primarily through the written accounts of other classical scholars.

So it really is hard to know whether any of the quotes credited to him were actually spoken by him.

Nevertheless, the philosophy credited to him is worthy of our consideration and further reflection. So here are 27 Quotes by Socrates that will make you think I am sure.

Quotes by Socrates (1-10):

  1. Be as you wish to seem.
  2. Wisdom begins in wonder.
  3. Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
  4. It is not living that matters but living rightly.
  5. Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
  6. The deepest desires often become the deadliest hate.
  7. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
  8. I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
  9. Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.
  10. Marry, by all means. If you get a good wife, you’ll be happy. If you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

Quotes by Socrates (11-20):

  1. The poets are only the interpreters of the gods.
  2. I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.
  3. The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.
  4. From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
  5. Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.
  6. False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil.
  7. He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
  8. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear.
  9. If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
  10. He is a man of courage who does not run away but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.

Quotes by Socrates (21-27):

  1. The unexamined life is not worth living.
  2. Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
  3. Be slow to fall into friendship, but when thou art in, continue firm and constant.
  4. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavour to be what you desire to appear.
  5. Worthless people live only to eat and drink. People of worth eat and drink only to live.
  6. True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves and the world around us.
  7. 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.

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