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.


Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.      

Socrates

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.     

Socrates

No evil can happen to a good man, either in life or death.     

Socrates

A promise should be given with caution and kept with care.      

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.     

Socrates

I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.     

Socrates

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

Socrates

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

Socrates

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.     

Socrates

Beware the barrenness of a busy life.     

Socrates

Nobody is qualified to become a statesman who is entirely ignorant of the problem of wheat.     

Socrates

All thinking begins with wondering.     

Socrates

The understanding of mathematics is necessary for a sound grasp of ethics.     

Socrates

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.     

Socrates

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

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

Socrates

Fame is the perfume of heroic deeds.      

Socrates