c. 470 BC - 399 BC

99 Greatest Quotes By Socrates

Our lives are but specks of dust falling through the fingers of time. Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives. Socrates
The years wrinkle our skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles our soul. Socrates
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. Socrates
Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love. Socrates
All that I know is nothing - I'm not even sure of that. Socrates
Only the knowledge that comes from inside is the real Knowledge. Socrates
Knowledge is our ultimate good. Socrates
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Socrates
Sometimes you have to let go to see if there was anything worth holding onto. Socrates
It is better to be at odds with the whole world than, being one, to be at odds with myself. Socrates
Understanding a question is half an answer. Socrates
To harm another is to harm oneself. Socrates
Better to do a little well, then a great deal badly. Socrates
When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. Socrates
Why should we pay so much attention to what the majority thinks? Socrates
Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates
We cannot live better than in seeking to become better. Socrates
Every action has its pleasures and its price. Socrates
When you want success as badly as you want the air, then you will get it. There is no other secret of success. Socrates
Nothing is so well learned as that which is discovered. Socrates
Beware the barrenness of a busy life. Socrates
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. Socrates
You never know a line is crooked unless you have a straight one to put next to it. Socrates
Lies are the greatest murder. They kill the Truth. Socrates
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Socrates
In every person there is a sun. Just let them shine. Socrates
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates
How can you call a man free when his pleasures rule over him. Socrates
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates
Do not go through life like leaf blown from here to there believing whatever you are told. Socrates
The universe really is motion & nothing else. Socrates
Falling down is not a failure. Failure comes when you stay where you have fallen. Socrates
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. Socrates
When a woman is allowed to become a man's equal, she becomes his superior. Socrates
I am a fool, but I know I'm a fool and that makes me smarter than you. Socrates
One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him. Socrates
Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. Socrates
See one promontory, one mountain, one sea, one river and see all. Socrates
If you want to be wrong then follow the masses. Socrates
There is but one evil, ignorance. Socrates
I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think. Socrates
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. Socrates
It is not living that matters, but living rightly. Socrates
Do not grieve over someone who changes all of the sudden. It might be that he has given up acting and returned to his true self. Socrates