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The Best Socrates Quotes

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A list of the best Socrates quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Socrates quotes have received the most votes, so only the greatest Socrates quotes are at the top of the list. All the most popular quotes from Socrates should be listed here, but if any were missed you can add more at the end of the list. This list includes notable Socrates quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best Socrates quotes?" and "What is the most famous Socrates quote?"

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

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

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    One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing. Knowledge

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

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    To find yourself, think for yourself. Thoughts and Thinking

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    Let him that would move the world, first move himself. Influence

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    Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Friends and Friendship

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    The unexamined life is not worth living. Growth

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    I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Humankind

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

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    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. Marriage

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    Enjoy yourself -- it's later than you think. Enjoyment

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    Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Contentment

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    Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Death and Dying

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    The hottest love has the coldest end. Love

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    Know thyself Self-knowledge

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    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. Listening

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    Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Feminism

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    The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

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    Whom do I call educated? First, those who manage well the circumstances they encounter day by day. Next, those who are decent and honorable in their intercourse with all men, bearing easily and good naturedly what is offensive in others and being as agreeable and reasonable to their associates as is humanly possible to be... those who hold their pleasures always under control and are not ultimately overcome by their misfortunes... those who are not spoiled by their successes, who do not desert their true selves but hold their ground steadfastly as wise and sober -- minded men. Education

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    Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it. Desire

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    Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Food and Eating

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    From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Hatred

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

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    There is only one good -- knowledge; and only one evil -- ignorance. Evil

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    I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Politicians and Politics

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    An unexamined life is not worth living. Life and Living

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    An education obtained with money is worse than no education at all Education

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    Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us. Prayer

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

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

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    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. Morality

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    What a lot of things there are a man can do without. Wealth

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    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. Uncategorised

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

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    The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods. Desire

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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. Deception

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    Call no man unhappy until he is married. Happiness

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

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

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    He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature. Contentment

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    No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government. Government

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    Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. Beauty

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    Happiness is unrepentant pleasure. Happiness

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    Nothing is to be preferred before justice. Justice

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    How many are the things I can do without! Possessions

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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. Senses

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    To fear death, my friends, is only to think ourselves wise, without being wise: for it is to think that we know what we do not know. For anything that men can tell, death may be the greatest good that can happen to them: but they fear it as if they knew quite well that it was the greatest of evils. And what is this but that shameful ignorance of thinking that we know what we do not know? Death and Dying

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    In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent. Life and Living

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

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