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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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One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates
2
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates
3
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates
4
Let him that would move the world, first move himself. Socrates
5
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates
6
The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
7
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates
8
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
9
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. Socrates
10
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
11
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates
12
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Socrates
13
The hottest love has the coldest end. Socrates
14
Enjoy yourself -- it's later than you think. Socrates
15
Know thyself Socrates
16
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates
17
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates
18
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates
19
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
20
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates
21
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates
22
Worthless people love only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates
23
An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
24
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Socrates
25
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates