Encouraging Quotes by Socrates

Encouraging Quotes by Greek philosopher Socrates

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

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

  • “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, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.”

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

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

  • “Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.”

  • “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.”

  • “As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.”

  • “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.”

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

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

  • “I thought to myself, ‘I am wiser than this man neither of us knows anything that is really worthwhile, but he thinks he has knowledge when he has not, while I, having no knowledge, do not think that I have. I seem, at any rate, to be a little wiser than he is on this point I do not think that I know what I do not know.”

  • “Wisdom begins in wonder.”

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

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

  • “Wind buffs up empty bladders; opinion, fools.”

  • “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.”

  • “People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid.”

  • “The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. Children are now tyrants, not the servants of their households. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up dainties at the table, cross their legs, and tyrannize their teachers.”

  • “Envy is the ulcer of the soul.”

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

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

  • “The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance.”

  • “The unexamined life is not worth living.”

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

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

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

  • “Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.”

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

  • “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.”

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

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

  • “Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.”

  • “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.”

  • “I know that I am intelligent, because I know that I know nothing.”

  • “Let him that would move the world, first move himself.”

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

  • “Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.”

  • “The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like him.”


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