ᐅ143+ Socrates Quotes On Life, Wisdom & Philosophy

“Sometimes quotes you find on the internet are fake.” ― Socrates

“Anyone who’s really fighting for justice must live as a private citizen and not as a public figure if he’s going to survive even a short time.” ― 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

“God only is wise.” ― Socrates

“ὁ ... ἀνεξέταστος βίος οὐ βιωτὸς ἀνθρώπῳ... An unexamined life is not worth living” ― Socrates

“...I do not believe that the law of God permits a better man to be harmed by a worse. No doubt my accuser might put me to death or have me banished or deprived of civic rights; but even if he thinks, as he probably does (and others to, I dare say), that these are great calamities, I do not think so... For let me tell you, gentlemen, that to be afraid of death is only another form of thinking that one is wise when one is not; it is to think that one knows what one does not know. No one knows with regard to death whether it is not really the greatest blessing that can happen to a man; but people dread it as though they were certain that it is the greatest evil; and this ignorance, which thinks that it knows what it does not, must surely be ignorance most culpable. This, I take it, gentlemen, is the degree, and this is the nature of my advantage over the rest of mankind; and if I were to claim to be wiser than my neighbour in any respect, it would be in this: that not possessing any real knowledge of what comes after death, I am also conscious that I do not possess it. But I do know that to do wrong and to disobey my superior, whether God or man, is wicked and dishonourable; and so I shall never feel more fear or aversion for something which, for all I know, may really be a blessing, than for those evils which I know to be evils.” ― Socrates

“Make Athens Think Again.” ― Socrates

“...I do not think that it is right for a man to appeal to the jury or to get himself acquitted by doing so; he ought to inform them of the facts and convince them by argument. The jury does not sit to dispense justice as a favour, but to decide where justice lies; and the oath which they have sworn is not to show favour at their own discretion, but to return a just and lawful verdict... Therefore you must not expect me, gentlemen, to behave towards you in a way which I consider neither reputable nor moral nor consistent with my religious duty.” ― Socrates

“...[T]hese people... are my dangerous accusers; because those who hear them suppose that anyone who inquires into such matters... theories about the heavens... and everything below the earth... must be an atheist.” ― Socrates

“Bad people live that they may eat and drink, whereas good people eat and drink that they may live.” ― Socrates

“...[I]n any inquiry you are likely to attain more nearly to knowledge of your object in proportion to the care and accuracy with which you have prepared yourself to understand that object in itself[.]” ― Socrates

“I went to interview a man with a high reputation for wisdom, because I felt that here if anywhere I should succeed in disproving the oracle and pointing out to my divine authority 'You said that I was the wisest of men, but here is a man who is wiser than I am.' Well, I gave a thorough examination to this person... and in conversation with him I formed the impression that although in many people's opinion, and especially in his own, he appeared to be wise, in fact he was not. Then when I began to try to show him that he only thought he was wise and was not really so, my efforts were resented both by him and by many of the other people present. However, I reflected as I walked away: 'Well, I am certainly wiser than this man. It is only too likely that neither of us has any knowledge to boast of; but he thinks that he knows something which he does not know, whereas I am quite conscious of my ignorance. At any rate it seems that I am wiser than he is to this small extent, that I do not think that I know what I do not know... [A]s I pursued my investigation at the god's command,... my honest impression was... that the people with the greatest reputations were almost entirely deficient, while others who were supposed to be their inferiors were much better qualified in practical intelligence.” ― Socrates

“...[I]f at the time of its release the soul is tainted and impure, because it has always associated with the body and cared for it and loved it, and has been so beguiled by the body and its passions and pleasures that nothing seems real to it but those physical things which can be touched and seen and eaten and drunk and used for sexual enjoyment; and if it is accustomed to hate and fear and avoid what is invisible and hidden from our eyes, but intelligible and comprehensible by philosophy - if the soul is in this state, do you think that it will escape independent and uncontaminated?” ― Socrates

“...[T]hose who care about their souls and do not subordinate them to the body dissociate themselves firmly from these others and refuse to accompany them on their haphazard journey; and, believing that it is wrong to oppose philosophy with her offer of liberation and purification, they turn and follow her wherever she leads...” ― Socrates

“Una vida aceptada sin reflexión no merece la pena vivirla.” ― Sócrates

“Să te temi de moarte, cetăţeni, nu este nimic altceva decât să-ţi închipui că eşti înţelept fără să fii, înseamnă să crezi că ştii ceea ce nu ştii. Căci nimeni nu ştie ce este moartea şi nici dacă nu e cumva cel mai mare bine pentru om, dar toţi se tem de ea ca şi cum ar fi siguri că e cel mai mare rău. Iar acest fel de a gândi cum să nu fie tocmai prostia aceea vrednică de dispreţ - de a crede că ştii ceea ce nu ştii? Eu însă, atenieni, poate că tocmai prin aceasta şi în acest punct mă deosebesc de cei mai mulţi (chiar dacă ar însemna să spun că într-o privinţă sunt mai înţelept decât altul), şi anume că, dacă nu ştiu mare lucru despre cele din Hades, îmi şi dau seama că nu ştiu.” ― Socrates

“Perhaps someone may say 'But surely, Socrates, after you have left us you can spend the rest of your life in quietly minding your own business.' This is the hardest thing of all to make some of you understand. If I say that this would be disobedience to God, and that is why I cannot 'mind my own business', you will not believe that I am serious. If on the other hand I tell you that to let no day pass without discussing goodness and all the other subjects about which you hear me talking and examining both myself and others is really the best thing that a man can do, and that life without this sort of examination is not worth living, you will be even less inclined to believe me. Nevertheless, that is how it is, gentlemen, as I maintain; though it is not easy to convince you of it.” ― Socrates

“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.” ― Socrates

“No man on earth who conscientiously opposes either you or any other organized democracy, and flatly prevents a great many wrongs and illegalities from taking place in the state to which he belongs, can possibly escape with his life. The true champion of justice, if he intends to survive even for a short time, must necessarily confine himself to private life and leave politics alone.” ― Socrates

“I know nothing except the fact of my ignorance” ― Socrates

“Αλιμονο σε αυτους που δεν ξερουν οτι δεν ξερουν αυτα που δεν ξερουν” ― sokrates

“Pues bien, cuando alguien se da a la música y deja que le inunde el alma derramando por sus oídos, como por un canal, aquellas dulces, suaves y lastimeras armonías de que hablábamos hace poco y pasa su vida entera entre gorjeos y goces musicales, esta persona comienza por templar, como el fuego al hierro, la fogosidad que pueda albergar su espíritu y hacerla útil de dura e inservible. Pero si persiste y no cesa de entregarse a su hechizo, entonces ya no hará otra cosa que liquidar y ablandar ésta su fogosidad hasta que, derretida ya por completo, cortados, por así decirlo, los tendones del alma, la persona se transforma en un «feble guerrero»” ― Sócrates

“Someone might say: " Are you not ashaed, Socrates, to have followed the kind of occupation that has led to your being now in danger of death?" Howeverm, Ishould be right to reply to him: "You are wrong, sir, if you think that a man who is any good at all should take into account the risk of life or death; he should look to this only in his actions, whether what he does is right or wrong, whether he is acting like a good or bad man” ― Socrates

“Someone might say: " Are you not ashamed, Socrates, to have followed the kind of occupation that has led to your being now in danger of death?" Howeverm, I should be right to reply to him: "You are wrong, sir, if you think that a man who is any good at all should take into account the risk of life or death; he should look to this only in his actions, whether what he does is right or wrong, whether he is acting like a good or bad man” ― Socrates

“You have often heard me speak of an oracle or sign which comes to me, and is the divinity which Meletus ridicules in the indictment. This sign I have had ever since I was a child. The sign is a voice which comes to me and always forbids me to do something which I am going to do...” ― Socrates

“Η κατανόηση μιας ερώτησης είναι η μισή απάντηση.” ― Socrates

“Когато се задоволяваме с малкото, ние повече от всякога ставаме бого-подобни, защото боговете от нищо не се нуждаят.” ― Socrates

“Δεν αξίζει στις μέρες μας να γαμιέσαι για ένα σακούλι πιλάφι.” ― Socrates

“It's better to cum in the sink, than to sink in the cum.” ― Socrates

“Nothing that other people can do to you can harm you enough to cancel out the benefit you bestow on yourself by acting rightly. It follows that bad people ultimately harm only themselves: nothing can harm a good man either in life or after death” ― Socrates

“For I go around doing nothing but persuading both young and old among you not to care for your body or your wealth in preference to or as strongly as for the best possible state of your soul, as I say to you: Wealth does no bring about excellence, but excellence makes wealth and everything else good for men, both individually and collectively” ― Socrates

“...I have had a remarkable experience. In the past the prophetic voice to which I have become accustomed has always been my constant companion, opposing me even in quite trivial things if I was going to take the wrong course. Now something has happened to me, as you can see, which might be thought and is commonly considered to be a supreme calamity; yet neither when I left home this morning, nor when I was taking my place here in court, nor at any point in any part of my speech did the divine sign oppose me. In other discussions it has often checked me in the middle of a sentence; but this time it has never opposed me in any part of this business in anything that I have said or done. What do I suppose to be the explanation? I will tell you. I suspect that this thing that has happened to me is a blessing, and we are quite mistaken in supposing death to be an evil. I have good grounds for thinking this, because my accustomed sign could not have failed to oppose me if what I was doing had not been sure to bring some good result.” ― Socrates

“It looks as if I was cleverer than Daedalus in using my skill, my friend, insofar as he could only cause to move the things he made himself, but I can make other people’s move as well as my own. And the smartest part of my skill is that I am clever without wanting to be, for I would rather have your statements to me remain unmoved than possess the wealth of Tantalus as well as the cleverness of Daedalus” ― Socrates

“wonder is the beginning of wisdom” ― Socrates

“Sólo sé que no sé nada.” ― Sócrates

“My method is to call in support of my statements the evidence of a single witness, the man I am arguing with, and to take his vote alone; the rest of the world are nothing to me; I am not talking to them.” ― Socrates

“The more I know, the more I know nothing.” ― Socrates

“Doing good is a matter of looking after the part of yourself which matters most, namely your soul” ― Socrates

“La vista del entendimiento, ten por cierto, empieza a ver adecuadamente cuando la de los ojos comienza a perder su fuerza.” ― Sócrates

“Si pensáis que matando a la gente vais a impedir que se os reproche que no vivís rectamente, no pensáis bien. Este medio de evitarlo ni es muy eficaz, ni es honrado. El más honrado y el más sencillo no es reprimir a los demás, sino prepararse para ser lo mejor posible.” ― Socrates

“Temer la muerte no es otra cosa que creer ser sabio sin serlo, pues es creer que uno sabe lo que no sabe.” ― Socrates

“Why do you wonder that globetrotting does not help you, seeing that you always take yourself with you? The reason that set you wandering is ever at your heels.” ― Socrates

“Do it because it's in your heart. Not because you want something in return.” ― Socrates

“Sócrates dijo a sus amigos: «Algunos de vosotros me habéis dicho: Sócrates, si no se ocupara más que de sus asuntos, seguramente podría escapar a la ira del gobierno. Pero yo no puedo. Una vida aceptada sin reflexión, no merece la pena vivirla. Lo menos que se puede esperar de nosotros es que nos comportemos como hombres.»” ― Socrates

“He who is not contented with what he has, will not be contented with what he would like to have.” ― Socrates

“Aku tahu bahwa aku tidak tahu apa-apa” ― Socrates

“to find yourself, think for yourself” ― socrates

“Rather you marry or not, you'll regret.” ― Socrates

“It's better to cum in the sink, than to sink in the cum” ― Socrates

“Y si el oráculo ha nombrado a Sócrates, sin duda se ha valido de mí nombre como un ejemplo, y como si dijese a todos los hombres: «El más sabio entre vosotros es aquel que reconoce, como Sócrates, que su sabiduría no es nada».” ― Sócrates

“...[M]en are put in a sort of guard-post, from which one must not release one's self or run away...” ― Socrates

“Knowledge is the only virtue," because "Once a man knows good from evil, nothing on earth can compel him to act against that knowledge.” ― Socrates

“Yo solo sé que no sé nada.” ― Socrates

“Gustavo Solivellas dice: "La buena conciencia es la mejor almohada para dormir" (Sócrates)” ― Socrates

“Nu poti trai mai bine decat prin incercarea de a deveni mai bun.” ― Socrates

“Ik weet één ding, dat ik niets weet” ― Socrates

“If you want to be wrong, then follow the masses.” ― Socrates

“The purpose in life is to develop a strong character.” ― Socrates

“Most excellent man, are you…not ashamed to care for the acquisition of wealth and for reputation and honor, when you neither care nor take thought for wisdom and truth and the perfection of your soul?” ― Socrates

“Man, you don’t speak well, if you believe that a man worth anything at all would give countervailing weight to the danger of life or death, or give consideration to anything but this when he acts: whether his action is just or unjust, the action of a good or of an evil man.” ― Socrates

“Nuestra juventud de ahora ama el lujo. Tiene malos modales, desprecia la autoridad; le falta el respeto a sus mayores y le encanta charlar en lugar de trabajar; ya no se levanta cuando un adulto entra en la sala; contradice a sus padres, charla ante las visitas, engulle la comida y tiraniza a sus maestros” ― Socrates

“Y dime, ¿es posible ser orgulloso cuando no se sabe nada, Lisis?” ― Socrates

“We gain our first measure of intelligence when we first admit our own ignorance.” ― Socrates

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

“So I spoke the truth when I said that neither I nor you nor any other man would rather do injustice than suffer it: for it is worse.” ― Socrates

“Then if it is impossible both for things unlike to be like and for like things to be unlike, then it’s also impossible for there to be many things? For if there were many things, they would incur impossibilities.” ― Socrates

“our souls also existed apart from the body before they took on human form, and they had intelligence.” ― Socrates

“One thing only I know, and that is that I know nothing. - Socrates” ― Socrates

“Pentru a învăţa să trăiască bine, cineva trebuie mai întâi să înveţe să moară bine” ― Socrates

“Yo no puedo enseñarle nada a nadie, tan sólo puedo incitarle a pensar” ― Socrates

“Surely this is the objectionable kind of ignorance, to think one knows what one does not know? But in this, gentlemen, here also perhaps I am different from the general run of mankind, and if I should claim to be wiser than someone in something it would be in this, that as I do not know well enough about what happens in the house of Hades, so I do not think I know.” ― Socrates

“An un-examined life is not worth living” ― Socrates

“Gustavo Solivellas dice: "No puedo enseñar nada a nadie. Solo puedo hacerles pensar" (Sócrates)” ― Socrates

“Surely this is the objectionable kind of ignorance, to think one knows what one does not know? But in this, gentlemen, here also perhaps I am different from the general run of mankind, and if I should claim to be wiser than someone in something it would be in this, that as I do not know well enough about what happens in the house of Hades, so I do not think I know.” ― Socrates

“Criton - Le principe, que l'important n'est pas de vivre, mais de bien vivre.” ― Socrates

“Criton - C'est une obligation sacrée de ne jamais rendre injustice pour injustice, ni mal pour mal.” ― Socrates

“Critón, le debemos un gallo a Asclepio. ¿Te acordarás de pagar la deuda?” ― Socrates

“An unexamined life is not worth living.” ― Socrates

“¿No es cierto, en general, respecto a todo lo que el alma está dispuesta a hacer y soportar, que cuando preside la sabiduría, todo conduce a su bien; así como todo a su desgracia, si aquella falta?” ― Sócrates

“Know Thyself” ― Socrates

“I know that I know nothing” ― Socrates

“Đó là một câu hỏi phức tạp, mà đời người thì ngắn ngủi.” ― Socrates

“Gustavo Solivellas dice: "La verdadera Sabiduría está en reconocer la propia ignorancia" (Sócrates)” ― Socrates

“Time is endless when it is purposeful.” ― Socrates

“Damn son, where'd you find this?” ― Socrates

“In fact we receive the greatest benefits through frenzy.” ― Socrates

“هرچه جستجو کردم کسی را نیافتم که به نادانی خویش اعتراف کند. حال که من میدانم خود از همه نادان ترم، داناترین مردمانم.” ― Socrates

“Crito, we owe a cock to Asclepius” ― Socrates

“the tan lines will fade but the memories last forever <3” ― Socrates

“Alam adalah manusia besar, dan manusia adalah alam kecil.” ― Socrates

“we should not become misologues, as people become misan- d thropes. There is no greater evil one can suffer than to hate reasonable discourse. Misology and misanthropy arise in the same way. Misanthropy comes when a man without knowledge or skill has placed great trust in someone and believes him to be altogether truthful, sound, and trustworthy; then, a short time afterwards he finds him to be wicked and unreliable, and then this happens in another case; when one has frequently had that experience, especially with those whom one believed e to be one’s closest friends, then, in the end, after many such blows, one comes to hate all men and to believe that no one is sound in any way at all.” ― Socrates

“Well, although I do not suppose that either of us knows anything really beautiful and good, I am better off than he is, — for he knows nothing, and thinks that he knows; I neither know nor think that I know.” ― Socrates

“The triumph of my art is in thoroughly examining whether the thought which the mind of the young man brings forth is a false idol or a noble true birth.” ― Socrates

“Those who are the hardest to love are the ones who need it most.” ― Socrates

“Puede muy bien suceder, que ni él ni yo sepamos nada de lo que es bello y de lo que es bueno; pero hay esta diferencia, que él cree saberlo aunque no sepa nada, y yo, no sabiendo nada, creo no saber. Me parece, pues, que en esto yo, aunque poco más, era más sabio, porque no creía saber lo que no sabía” ― Socrates

“Pero no es difícil, varones, huir de la muerte; muy más difícil es huir de la maldad, que corre más veloz que la muerte. Yo ahora, por tardo y por viejo, seguramente, he sido cogido por lo más lento, mientras que mis acusadores, por hábiles y por vivos, han sido cogidos por lo más veloz: por la maldad” ― Socrates

“Ojalá Critón, que la mayoría fuera capaz de llevar a cabo los mayores males, con tal de que fuera capaz de realizar los mayores bienes, que entonces todo iría bellamente. Mas, por el contrario, de ninguna de las dos cosas son capaces, que no pueden hacer ni lo sensato ni lo insensato, sino tan solo lo que les salga a la ventura” ― Socrates

“¿No te parece suficientemente bien dicho que no hay que respetar todas las opiniones de los hombres, sino unas sí y otras no; ni todas las de todos, sino las de uno sí y no las de otros? De ser así, ¿no serán las buenas precisamente las de los sensatos, y las malas las de los insensatos?” ― Socrates

“Hi” ― Socrates

“Mitochondria is the powerhouse of the cell.” ― Socrates

“Concentra la tua energia nel costruire il nuovo, non nel combattere il vecchio.” ― Socrates

“Wit is educated insolence.” ― Socrates

“If you realize that you are society. The society of the world will cross you.” ― Socrates

“The hottest love has the coldest end” ― Socrates

“Those who do wrong unintentionally are in need of instruction, not punishment.” ― Socrates

“Cadere non è un fallimento. Il fallimento è rimanere dove si è caduti.” ― Socrates

“When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” ― Socrates

“If it were necessary either to do wrong or to suffer it, I should choose to suffer rather than do it.” ― Socrates

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” ― Socrates

“It is impossible, but that's what makes it a worthy challenge.” ― Socrates

“Those who really apply themselves in the right way to philosophy are directly and of their own accord preparing themselves for death and dying...” ― Socrates

“Every action has it's pleasure and it's price” ― Socrates

“Remember that there is nothing stable in human affairs, therefore avoid undue elation in prosperity or undue depression in adversity.” ― Socrates

“Nice Cock Bro” ― Socrates

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