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.


An honest man is always a child.     

Socrates

If at first you don't succeed, avoid skydiving.     

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

One who is injured ought not to return the injury, for on no account can it be right to do an injustice; and it is not right to return an injury, or to do evil to any man, however much we have suffered from him.     

Socrates

The nearest way to glory is to strive to be what you wish to be thought to be.     

Socrates

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

All thinking begins with wondering     

Socrates

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

Socrates

Strong minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, weak minds discuss people.     

Socrates

As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.     

Socrates

One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been mistreated by him.     

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Our lives are but specks of dust falling through the fingers of time. Like sands of the hourglass, so are the days of our lives.     

Socrates

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.     

Socrates

Let us follow the truth whither so ever it leads.     

Socrates

When you want wisdom and insight as badly as you want to breathe, it is then you shall have it.     

Socrates

The greatest flood has the soonest ebb; the sorest tempest the most sudden calm; the hottest love the coldest end; and from the deepest desire oftentimes ensues the deadliest hate.     

Socrates

Ordinary people seem not to realize that those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for dying and death.     

Socrates

When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.     

Socrates

And in knowing that you know nothing, makes you the smartest of all.     

Socrates

Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.     

Socrates

The greatest blessing granted to mankind come by way of madness, which is a divine gift.     

Socrates

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

Socrates

The ancient Oracle said that I was the wisest of all the Greeks. It is because I alone, of all the Greeks, know that I know nothing.     

Socrates

Where there is reverence there is fear, but there is not reverence everywhere that there is fear, because fear presumably has a wider extension than reverence.     

Socrates

The heart of the person before you is a mirror. See there your own form.     

Socrates

All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine.     

Socrates

Wonder is the beginning of all wisdom.     

Socrates

A disorderly mob is no more an army than a heap of building materials is a house.     

Socrates