December 1, 2016

Socrates Quotes

“…the true disciple of philosophy is likely to be misunderstood by other men; they do not perceive that he is ever pursuing death and dying; and if this is true, why, having had the desire of death all his life long, should he repine at that which he has always been pursuing and desiring?”

“…we admitted that everything living is born of the dead. For if the soul existed before birth, and in coming to life and being born can be born only from death and dying, must she not after death continue to exist, since she has to be born again?”

“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.”

“All men’s souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.”

“An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all.”

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

“As for me, all I know is that I know nothing, for when I don’t know what justice is, I’ll hardly know whether it is a kind of virtue or not, or whether a person who has it is happy or unhappy.”

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

“Be as you wish to seem.”

“Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.”

“Beauty is the bait which with delight allures man to enlarge his kind.”

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

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

“Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.”

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

“Enjoy yourself – it’s later than you think.”

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

“Four things belong to a judge: to hear courteously, to answer wisely, to consider soberly, and to decide impartially.”

“From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.”

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

“He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.”

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

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

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

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

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

“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.”

“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.”

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

“If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the very best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living.”

“Is what is holy holy because the gods approve it, or do they approve it because it is holy?”

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

“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.”

“Often when looking at a mass of things for sale, he would say to himself, ‘How many things I have no need of!”

“Oh dear Pan and all the other Gods of this place, grant that I may be beautiful inside. Let all my external possessions be in friendly harmony with what is within. May I consider the wise man rich. As for gold, let me have as much as a moderate man could bear and carry with him.”

“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.”

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

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

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

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

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

“The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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

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

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

“To find yourself, think for yourself.”

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

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

“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.”

“Wisdom begins in wonder.”

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