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Quotations 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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501 74
One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing. Socrates

352 43
Let him that would move the world, first move himself. Socrates

462 70
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates

380 51
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates

245 24
True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. Socrates

342 47
False words are not only evil in themselves, but they infect the soul with evil. Socrates

306 44
The unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates

214 27
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm and constant. Socrates

213 28
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

263 42
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

93 6
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

209 29
I am not an Athenian, nor a Greek, but a citizen of the world. Socrates

209 30
Enjoy yourself -- it's later than you think. Socrates

252 44
The only good is knowledge and the only evil is ignorance. Socrates

181 24
Know thyself Socrates

167 21
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates

143 16
The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing. Socrates

158 22
Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty. Socrates

226 44
The hottest love has the coldest end. Socrates

113 13
I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live. Socrates

167 29
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

187 38
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings. Socrates

178 35
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates

116 17
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates

120 19
An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates