Quotes by Socrates


To find yourself, think for yourself.
– Socrates

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

What screws us up the most in life is the picture in our head of what it's supposed to be.
– 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 know 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
The soul is pure when it leaves the body and drags nothing bodily with it, by virtue of having no willing association with the body in life but avoiding it.......Practicing philosophy in the right way is a training to die easily.
– Socrates
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
– Socrates
I must first know myself, as the Delphian inscription says; to be curious about that which is not my concern, while I am still in ignorance of my own self, would be ridiculous. And therefore I bid farewell to all this; the common opinion is enough for me. For, as I was saying, I want to know not about this, but about myself: am I a monster more complicated and swollen with passion than the serpent Typho, or a creature of a gentler and simpler sort, to whom Nature has given a diviner and lowlier destiny?
– Socrates
The unexamined life is not worth living.
– Socrates
Wisdom begins in wonder.
– Socrates
Death may be the greatest of all human blessings.
– Socrates
Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
– Socrates
Envy is the ulcer of the soul.
– Socrates
Get not your friends by bare compliments, but by giving them sensible tokens of your love.
– Socrates
Regard your good name as the richest jewel you can possibly be possessed of - for credit is like fire; when once you have kindled it you may easily preserve it, but if you once extinguish it, you will find it an arduous task to rekindle it again.
– Socrates
Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs; therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity, or undue depression in adversity.
– Socrates
Remember what is unbecoming to do is also unbecoming to speak of.
– Socrates
The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world, is to be in reality what we would appear to be; and if we observe, we shall find, that all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice of them.
– Socrates
Think not those faithful who praise all thy words and actions; but those who kindly reprove thy faults.
– Socrates
Thou shouldst eat to live; not live to eat.
– Socrates
Having the fewest wants, I am nearest to the gods.
– Socrates