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.


Wonder is the beginning of wisdom.     

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This is a universe that does not favor the timid.      

Socrates

The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing.      

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Man must rise above the Earth - to the top of the atmosphere and beyond - for only thus will he fully understand the world in which he lives.     

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The years wrinkle our skin, but lack of enthusiasm wrinkles our soul.     

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The world's a puzzle; no need to make sense out of it.     

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The unexamined life is not worth living.     

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

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Obscurity is dispelled by augmenting the light of discernment, not by attacking the darkness.     

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Remember, no human condition is ever permanent. Then you will not be overjoyed in good fortune nor too scornful in misfortune.      

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What a disgrace it is for a man to grow old without ever seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.     

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False language, evil in itself, infects the soul with evil.     

Socrates

If you would seek health, look first to the spine.     

Socrates

There is no possession more valuable than a good and faithful friend.     

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Faith gives us strength and reassurance and leaves us bathed in the wisdom that we are never alone.     

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Faith gives us strength and reassurance and leaves us bathed in the wisdom that we are never alone.     

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Be slow to fall into friendship, but when you are in, continue firm and constant.     

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Wisdom begins in wonder.     

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Wealth does not bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively.     

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The shortest and surest way to live with honor, is to be in reality that we would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strenghten themselves by the practice and experience of them.     

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I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance.     

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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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Are you not ashamed of caring so much for the making of money and for fame and prestige, when you neither think nor care about wisdom and truth and the improvement of your soul?     

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The hour of departure has arrived, and we go our separate ways, I to die, and you to live. Which of these two is better only God knows.     

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.     

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The unexamined life is not worth living.     

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By all means marry. If you get a good wife, you will become very happy; if you get a bad one, you will become a philosopher, and that is good to any man.     

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The hottest love has the coldest end.     

Socrates

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

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I swear it upon Zeus an outstanding runner cannot be the equal of an average wrestler.     

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