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The Best Socrates Quotes

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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.

Put down that hemlock and pause construction on your time machine, because this list answers the questions, "What are the best Socrates quotes?" and "What is the most famous Socrates quote?" Obviously, since it contains wise words from the most insightful and righteous thinker in ancient Athens, it also provides answers to many, many more profound questions.

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  • 1
    384
    61

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

  • 2
    325
    50

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

  • 3
    250
    36

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

  • 4
    231
    35

    The unexamined life is not worth living.

  • 5
    178
    24

    Know thyself

  • 6
    194
    32

    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.

  • 7
    168
    23

    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.

  • 8
    176
    31

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

  • 9
    151
    21

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

  • 10
    201
    51

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

  • 11
    159
    32

    The hottest love has the coldest end.

  • 12
    127
    16

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

  • 13
    116
    13

    The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.

  • 14
    133
    26

    Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.

  • 15
    129
    25

    Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior.

  • 16
    250
    100

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

  • 17
    272
    114

    To find yourself, think for yourself.

  • 18
    158
    59

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

  • 19
    86
    12

    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.

  • 20
    83
    13

    From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.

  • 21
    90
    20

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

  • 22
    146
    61

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

  • 23
    86
    18

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

  • 24
    78
    14

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

  • 25
    78
    16

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