Socrates Quotes

Socrates Quotes

Socrates – Philosopher – (470 – 399 BC)

Socrates was a classical Greek (Athenian) philosopher who was credited as one of the founders of Western philosophy, and even as being the first moral philosopher of the Western ethical tradition of thought. Socrates was an enigmatic figure, while he made no writings, and is known chiefly through the accounts of classical writers writing after his lifetime, particularly his students Plato and Xenophon. 


Socrates exerted a strong influence on philosophers in later antiquity and in the modern era. Depictions of Socrates in art, literature and popular culture have made him one of the most widely known figures in the Western philosophical tradition.

Here are some of most popular Socrates Quotes:

An honest man is always a child.
Honest: truthful, frank, candid, sincere

To find yourself, think for yourself.

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
Beware: be cautious and alert to risks or dangers
: (of land) too poor to produce much or any vegetation, 9of a tree or plant) not producing fruit or seed, (of a female animal) unable to bear young

An unexamined life is not worth living.
Unexamined: not examined – examined: tested; checked out; inspected; researched
Worth: value, price, cost; valuation, quotation, estimate, importance, eligible; advantageous; valued at -; having a value of -; worthwhile to -; suited for -; whose assets are valued at –

Socrates Quote
Socrates Quote

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

There is only one good, knowledge, and one evil, ignorance.
Ignorance: unawareness, lack of knowledge, illiteracy, lack of education; state of being uninformed

From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
Desire: passion, lust; strong wish; request
Hate: extreme dislike, detestation
desire ≠ hate

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

Kindle: set on fire, cause to burn; arouse, excite, inspire
Flame: tongue of fire, glowing part of a fire; fire, blaze; brilliance, glow; passion
: large craft made for navigation on water, boat, ship; container, receptacle (especially for holding liquids); (Anatomy) tubular duct through which bodily fluids flow (e.g. blood vessel); aircraft; one who has or demonstrates a certain quality

When the debate is over, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
Debate: argument; discussion
Slander: false and injurious statements made about another, defamation, calumny

I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.
Intelligent: having good judgement, discerning, sensible; clever, bright, very smart

By all means marry: if you get a good wife, you’ll become happy; if you get a bad one, you’ll become a philosopher.

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

The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
Reputation: repute, regard; esteem, renown
Endeavor: attempt, try hard, make an effort to achieve a goal

Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live.
Worth: price; value; importance, eligible; advantageous; valued at -; having a value of -; worthwhile to -; suited for -; whose assets are valued at –

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