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Wisdom will be yours with this list of the best Socrates quotes. This list is arranged by which famous Socrates quotes have received the most votes from users like thyself, 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 Socratic love quotes or philosophy quotes are missing, you can add more at the end of the list. Here you'll find notable Socrates quotes on various subjects, many of which are inspirational and thought provoking.

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To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

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

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226 19
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates

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334 39
Let him that would move the world, first move himself. Socrates

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441 63
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates

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

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293 39
The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

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204 26
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

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173 19
Know thyself Socrates

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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. Socrates

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Employ your time in improving yourself by other men's writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for. Socrates

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201 26
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. Socrates

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135 13
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates

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202 29
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Socrates

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244 42
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. Socrates

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

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200 30
Enjoy yourself -- it's later than you think. Socrates

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Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates

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The hottest love has the coldest end. Socrates

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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. Socrates

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178 33
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates

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105 13
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Socrates

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169 35
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates

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112 17
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates

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115 18
An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

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141 29
Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates

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102 16
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. Socrates

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

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

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

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

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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. Socrates

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

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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. Socrates

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

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78 14
If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it. Socrates

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59 8
The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor. Socrates

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72 13
Nothing is to be preferred before justice. Socrates

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85 21
The fewer our wants the more we resemble the Gods. Socrates

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45 5
In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent. Socrates

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68 12
How many are the things I can do without! Socrates

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

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67 16
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. Socrates

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60 12
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him. Socrates

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53 9
Happiness is unrepentant pleasure. Socrates

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87 33
Call no man unhappy until he is married. Socrates

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48 8
Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds. Socrates

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38 5
Give me beauty in the inward soul; may the outward and the inward man be at one. Socrates

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59 15
Beauty is a short-lived tyranny. Socrates

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50 10
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. Socrates