Socrates Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Socrates quotes, Socrates sayings, and Socrates proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Eat to live, not live to eat. Socrates
May the outward and inward man be at one. Socrates
People learn more on their own rather than being force fed. Socrates
I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think. Socrates
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? Socrates
Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Socrates
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates
From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate. Socrates
An unexamined life is not worth living. Socrates
Worthless people live only to eat and drink; people of worth eat and drink only to live. Socrates
It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. Socrates
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates
The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates
The way to gain a good reputation, is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. Socrates
The envious person grows lean with the fatness of their neighbor. Socrates
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates
Let him that would move the world first move himself. Socrates
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
The hottest love has the coldest end. Socrates
No citizen has a right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training what a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable. Socrates
He is rich who is content with the least; for contentment is the wealth of nature. Socrates
He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like to have. Socrates
The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new Socrates
The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear. Socrates
To find yourself, think for yourself. Socrates
The hottest love has the coldest end. Socrates
Once made equal to man, woman becomes his superior. Socrates
Be slow to fall into friendship; but when thou art in, continue firm & constant. Socrates