Socrates Quotes

Socrates

Greek philosopher in Athens (469 BC - 399 BC)

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If thou continuest to take delight in idle argumentation thou mayest be qualified to combat with the sophists, but will never know how to live with men.

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Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.

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

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

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The unexamined life is not worth living.

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

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Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

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

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

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

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I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.

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Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.

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I am not an Athenian or a Greek, but a citizen of the world.

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The unexamined life is not worth living for man.

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

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Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.

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

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Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.

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

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You are providing for your disciples a show of wisdom without the reality. For, acquiring by your means much information unaided by instruction, they will appear to possess much knowledge, while, in fact, they will, for the most part, know nothing at all; and, moreover, be disagreeable people to deal with, as having become wise in their own conceit, instead of truly wise.

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Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.

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Envy is the ulcer of the soul.

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

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Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.

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Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again. The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.

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The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.

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

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

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

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To find yourself, think for yourself.

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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.

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When desire, having rejected reason and overpowered judgment which leads to right, is set in the direction of the pleasure which beauty can inspire . . .

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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.

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Living well and beautifully and justly are all one thing.

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Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

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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.

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The unexamined life is not worth living.

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True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing.

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And in knowing that you know nothing, that makes you the smartest of all.

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Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

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Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

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When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.

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The shortest and surest way to live with honor in the world is to be in reality what we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice and experience of them.

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

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Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.

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

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As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.

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

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Wind buffs up empty bladders; opinion, fools.

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He is richest who is content with the least.

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

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