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.


He is a man of courage who does not run away, but remains at his post and fights against the enemy.     

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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.     

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Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.     

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The unexamined life is not worth living.     

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The hottest love has the coldest end.     

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Flattery is like friendship in show, but not in fruit     

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Bad men live that they may eat and drink, whereas good men eat and drink that they may live.     

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

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Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.     

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The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.     

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

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The greatest way to live with honor in this world is to be what we pretend to be.     

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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.     

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

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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.     

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The hottest love has the coldest end.     

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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.     

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

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The unexamined life is not worth living.     

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Death is one of two things. Either it is annihilation, and the dead have no consciousness of anything; or, as we are told, it is really a change: a migration of the soul from one place to another.     

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By all means marry; if you get a good wife, you'll be happy. If you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher.     

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Marry a good woman, and be happy the rest of your life. Or, marry a bad, and become a good philosopher     

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It is a shame for a woman to grow old without ever seeing the strength and beauty of which her body is capable.     

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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.     

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To find yourself, think for yourself.     

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

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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.     

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One should eat to live; not live to eat.     

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My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you'll be happy; if not, you'll become a philosopher.     

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The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.     

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