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40 Quotes From Socrates On Life, Happiness And Wisdom




1. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.” 
― Socrates

2. “Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.” 
― Socrates

3. “Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.” 
― Socrates

4. “Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.” 
― Socrates

5. “We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” 
― Socrates

6. “Envy is the ulcer of the soul.” 
― Socrates

7. “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.” 
― Socrates

8. “Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.” 
― Socrates

9. “The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.” 
― Socrates

10. “The easiest and noblest way is not to be crushing others, but to be improving yourselves. ” 
― Socrates

11. “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” 
― Socrates

12. “Esteemed friend, citizen of Athens, the greatest city in the world, so outstanding in both intelligence and power, aren't you ashamed to care so much to make all the money you can, and to advance your reputation and prestige--while for truth and wisdom and the improvement of your soul you have no care or worry?” 
― Socrates

13. “The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.” 
― Socrates

14. “The mind is everything; what you think you become” 
― Socrates

15. “He who is unable to live in society, or who has no need because he is sufficient for himself, must be either a beast or a god.” 
― Socrates

16. “The misuse of language induces evil in the soul” 
― Socrates

17. “It is better to change an opinion than to persist in a wrong one.” 
― Socrates

18. “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.” 
― Socrates

19. “To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.” 
― Socrates

20. “The ancient Oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.” 
― Socrates

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

22. “I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man...” 
― Socrates

23. “Intelligent individuals learn from every thing and every one; average people, from their experiences. The stupid already have all the answers.”
― Socrates

24. “Mankind is made of two kinds of people: wise people who know they're fools, and fools who think they are wise.” 
― Socrates

25. “The really important thing is not live, but to live well.” 
― Socrates

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

27. “And in knowing that you know nothing makes you the smartest of all.” 
― Socrates

28. “How can you wonder your travels do you no good, when you carry yourself around with you?” 
― Socrates

29. “True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, & the world around us.” 
― Socrates

30. “...each individual can only do one thing well. He can't do lots of things. If he tries, he will be jack of all trades, and master of none.” 
― Socrates

31. “The mind is the pilot of the soul.” 
― Socrates

32. “An honest man is always a child.” 
― Socrates

33. “When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” 
― Socrates

34. “We gain our first measure of intelligence when we first admit our own ignorance.” 
― Socrates

35. “He who is not content with what he has will not be content with what he would like to have.” 
― Socrates

36. “Bad people live that they may eat and drink, whereas good people eat and drink that they may live.” 
― Socrates

37. “The purpose in life is to develop a strong character.” 
― Socrates

38. “The triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble true birth.” 
― Socrates

39. “Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” 
― Socrates

40. “From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.” 
― Socrates
40 Quotes From Socrates On Life, Happiness And Wisdom 40 Quotes From Socrates On Life, Happiness And Wisdom Reviewed by Tyler on May 16, 2019 Rating: 5

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